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England’s second stage of unlocking

Last night, the Prime Minster, Boris Johnson, annouced that the second stage of easing the lockdown will be going ahead. After what seems to be a very long few months, we will finally be allowed out to see friends, family, go shopping and of course, visit a pub garden! Here's a summary of what will be changing from 12 April. 

Restaurants pubs and to open outdoors

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Restaurants and pubs will be allowed to serve food and drinks outdoors. Unlike restrictions in December last year, there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew. Customers must order, eat and drink while seated. Waiting and standing at the bar is not allowed. The rule of six will apply (up to six people, or two separate households) as will social distancing rules. You will be required to wear a face covering when not seated.

Hairdressers and nail salons

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Hairdressers will be allowed to open meaning we can FINALLY get our crazy hair do's under control again! Other self-care businesses such as nail salons have also been given the green light to open. 

Non essential shops 

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Retail, including clothes shop are also set to open once again from 12 April. Face coverings will be mandatory for anyone who is not exempt and social distancing rules will also remain in force.

Self-catering holidays 

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Self-catering holidays can go ahead, for example this could be in a cottage, caravan or campsite, however it will not involve shared indoor facilities. This will only be allowed with members of your household or bubble.

In England, in theory, you can go as far as you like but you are bound by the rules of where you live. Current Scottish regulations mean that you must not travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK without a reasonable excuse and travel around mainland Scotland is prohibited until 26 April.

Theme parks and zoos will open

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Outdoor attractions such as zoos, safari parks, theme parks and botanic gardens will reopen from April 12. 

Care home visitations

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Care home residents will be allowed two visitors. One visitor has been permitted since early March, but this offers a chance for more contact with care home residents.

Gyms and leisure centres

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Bored of your daily walk? You'll be pleased to hear that indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and yoga studios will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups). Libraries and community centres will also open.

Life events

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While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.