On Monday the Prime Minister outlined a roadmap out of the current lockdown for England and from next month some of the rules around what people can and cannot do will be changing.
From Monday 8 March:
- Pupils and students in all schools and further education settings will return to face-to-face teaching, supported by twice-weekly testing of secondary school and college pupils. Secondary school pupils will be required to wear face coverings unless exempt. Wraparound childcare can reopen.
- Practical teaching at universities will resume, but other teaching will continue to be done remotely.
- People will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation (for instance a drink or picnic) on their own, with one other person, or with their household or support bubble. People must continue to maintain social distance from anyone outside of their household.
- Care home residents will be allowed to have one regular, named visitor.
From Monday 29 March:
- Outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households will be allowed, including gatherings in private gardens.
- Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children’s sport, such as grassroots football, can also restart.
- The formal “stay at home” order will be lifted, though people will still be encouraged to work from home where possible.
- No overseas travel allowed beyond the current small number of exceptions.
- Up to 30 people will be able to attend funerals, and up to six attend weddings and wakes.
Further changes are planned from April onwards, including the reopening of parts of the economy, such as leisure and hospitality. For full details, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus. Meanwhile, the City of Wolverhampton Council is reminding residents and businesses to follow the lockdown guidance that remains in place and continue doing all they can to stop the spread of the virus.