Step 2 in Covid Recovery Plan: Here’s what will be open from today

Here’s what will be open from today as the country moves into Step 2 of the Government’s Covid Recovery Plan

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Today (Monday 12th April) marks the start of step two in the four steps to Covid recovery.

As announced seven days ago, from this morning the country will see the reopening of many businesses following Lockdown #3.

Reopening today
Those able to reopen include:

  • Non-essential retail – this includes charity shops
  • Personal care, such as hairdressers and nail salons
  • Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms
  • Holiday lets, but only to individuals or household groups
  • Pubs and restaurants outdoors only, with no curfew or substantial meal restrictions (more on this later)
  • Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas
  • Libraries and community centres
  • Indoor parent and child groups (up to 15 people excluding under 5s)

Funerals with a maximum of 30 people can take place, whilst weddings, receptions and wakes can take place with a maximum of 15 people.

During Step Two regulations have been amended for allow for the local council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections due to take place on 6th May – don’t forget to vote.

Low number of positive tests
Over the last week the number of confirmed Covid-19 positive tests on the Isle of Wight has fallen once again, with zero new positive tests consecutively for the last three days.

Step Three: 17th May
Subject to the four tests set out by the Government being met, Step Three in the recovery plan will begin on Monday 17th May.

Most restrictions on meeting outdoors will be lifted subject to 30, you will be able to see friends and family indoors, subject to rule of six or two households.

Businesses able to reopen will be:

  • Pubs and restaurants indoors
  • Cinemas
  • Children’s play area
  • Hotels, hostels, B&Bs
  • Theatres and concert halls
  • Sports stadiums

Read the full details on the Government Website.

Image: adorn hairdressers under CC BY 2.0

Monday, 12th April, 2021 8:08am



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I hope they can contain the outbreak of the South African variant of the Coronavirus in South London, to prevent it spreading to the island and other popular destinations across the country, as holidaymakers return to self-catering accommodation this week. It only takes one infected person.