LOCKDOWN EASING CONTINUES
The Somerset Guardian, 19th May 2021
This week, the third phase of lockdown easing began in many parts of the United Kingdom.
As of Monday 17th May, people in England can meet in groups of up to thirty outdoors and six people or two households are allowed to meet indoors and stay overnight.
Up to thirty people can join those getting married and the amount of people attending funerals is no longer capped. Five named visitors can see friends and relatives in care homes and residents will be able to organise trips outside the homes. Social distancing guidelines are also changing - the contact that people choose to have with family and friends will be a matter of personal judgement but they are reminded to proceed with caution.
The easing will provide a much-needed boon for the entertainment and hospitality industries since hotels, B&Bs and hostels can reopen and pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes are able to serve customers indoors. Cinemas, museums, conference centres, concert halls, theatres and stadiums are opening their doors once more and it is acceptable to play sports or take exercise classes inside.
In stark contrast to the optimism felt by many, we are reminded, via the new, ‘Indian’ strain of the virus, that we are not out of the woods yet. It is imperative that all those eligible to receive the vaccination book an appointment as soon as possible to mitigate against cases and deaths rising. The relaxation of the rules will, no doubt, bring great joy to many but we must continue to be careful and work together so that the plans to lift lockdown completely next month are not derailed.
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