National Lockdown - 12th April 2021
Some of the national lockdown rules on what you can and cannot do have now changed.
However, many restrictions remain in place. You still must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies.
From 12 April:
- non-essential retail can reopen
- personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
- public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
- outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
- most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
- some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
- indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
- all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
- weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
- self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
- care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
- you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible
These changes are in addition to measures introduced in March which mean
- we can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households); or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible);
- we can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen);
- childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children;
- formally organised parent and child groups can take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be counted in this number.
- Find out more about how the rules have changed.
- Link to an easy-read guide to Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do.
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Keeping ourselves and others safe
We all still need to follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if we have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
This includes staying 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in our household or support bubble where possible.
We need to wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless exempt.
People who are clinically extremely vulnerable
From Thursday 1st April, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus will no longer be advised to shield.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should continue to follow the guidance and protect yourself.
You can find a breakdown of what this means for Sefton Council services here
Clinically extremely vulnerable people
People who are clinically extremely vulnerable you are advised to only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. We recommend that you do not attend work.