We’ve made it! After a long winter of draconian restrictions, we can now relax inside our favourite pub or restaurant, with a plate of delicious grub and a refreshing pint! That’s right – as of Monday 17 May, England entered Step Three of the Government’s roadmap.
This has been the biggest easing of lockdown restrictions since the summer, with hospitality fully open and indoor mixing allowed (albeit limited to groups of six people or two households). Thanks to this, PE1 is once again bustling with life with all businesses welcoming customers this week, whilst closely adhering to the Government’s safety guidelines.
In this week’s blog, we’ve compiled a list of the things you can and can’t do as we enter Stage Three!
After a year of restrictive social distancing rules – at last, families and friends across the country can hug each other. Despite this, the Prime Minister has urged people to “cuddle cautiously”, leaving it to the indi-vidual to use their common sense and logically assess the risk involved in each interaction.
On the whole, social distancing remains key in the fight against the virus. Government restrictions state that you still have to remain socially distanced at work, school and with anyone other than the people you are meeting up with. In a restaurant, for example, you must maintain a social distance from other diners not in your company.
Alongside social distancing, face coverings are still mandatory (unless you are considered exempt) in all public settings where social distancing can and cannot be followed. However, they can be removed when sitting at a table in a pub or restaurant and, from this week, students will be allowed to take off their masks while in classrooms.
People can now meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 – anymore than this will remain illegal. This applies to all life events including weddings, funerals, christenings and bar mitzvahs.
You can finally have your friends over or visit them at their house! Although the current number of people is capped at six from mixed households, but is unlimited from two households.
As we resume our social lives, you have all the more reason to get that summertime glam on! Both Steadman & Co as well as Kiss & Makeup are now fully open – head down to PE1 to impress your mates with a post-lockdown haircut and a makeover!
For those raring to jet off overseas, you’ll be glad to know that non-essential international travel is back! You can travel to green-list countries without quarantining, these include; Portugal, Iceland, Gibraltar, the Faroe Islands, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei. PCR tests must be taken when travel-ling to any country.
However, amber or red list countries are restricted for only essential trips. British and Irish nationals or UK residents returning from these locations must go into a Government-approved quarantine hotel for 10 days at a price of £1,750 per person.
Pubs, Bars & Restaurants
Of course, everyone has been particularly excited for the return of indoor hospitality! Simply sign in with the NHS track and trace app and you can sit inside your favourite pub, restaurant or cafe – meaning you no long-er need to worry about the temperamental British weather!
If you’re looking to dine out, it’s important to remember that you can’t book in groups of more than six from multiple households. In coherence with Government advice, customers will have to order from their table and face coverings should also be worn whenever not seated.
This week, indoor leisure activities like trampoline parks, cinemas and bingo halls are also able to reopen. This means Inflata Nation is bouncing back to PE1! Using one-way systems, mask wearing, hand sanitisation points and a team dedicated to keeping the arena clean with a disinfectant fog machine – Peterborough’s first inflatable theme park is leaping that extra mile to keep you safe.
We’re immensely pleased to welcome all of our stores back to PE1! Everyone has been working hard to provide a socially distanced and impeccably clean environment for all. We can’t wait to see you all throughout the week!