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The lockdown rules in Kent which will be relaxed on April 12

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Original article from Kent Live

In just over two weeks pubs and shops in Kent will be able to open their doors once more.

April 12 is the planned date for step two of the government's coronavirus roadmap, and will see a significant re-opening of businesses around England.

This marks the second stage of the roadmap, after the easing of restrictions in March will allow people to meet outdoors in groups of six and children to return to schools.

Boris Johnson has told the country that the restrictions will be eased in four stages, and each will take place at least five weeks apart. This means that there will be four weeks for the impact of the previous stage to be monitored, with a week's notice being given for changes.

The next phase, after March 29, is due to take place no earlier than April 12, and the Government says the relaxing of rules will be based on whether certain conditions are met.

This includes the successful roll-out of the vaccination programme, a fall in hospitalisations and deaths, and the assessment of any new 'variants of concern'.

We have had a look at the rules which could be relaxed on April 12, and how these will affect people living in Kent:

Opening of non-essential retail

Non-essential retail, including clothing shops, will be able to fully reopen to customers with safety measures in place.

This means that the biggest shopping centres in Kent – including Bluewater in Dartford and Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells – will be able to reopen.

During full lockdown only shops classed as 'essential', including supermarkets, were allowed to be open.

Personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons, which have been closed since December, can also reopen.

Going out

With the 'stay at home' rule being removed, there will be more opportunities for people to visit attractions, although they are still being urged to stay local when possible.

Public buildings, including libraries and community centres, can reopen as well as indoor leisure facilities such as gyms – although you must use on your own or with other members of your household group.

Most outdoor attractions can welcome back visitors, including Diggerland Kent and Dreamland.

Pubs and other hospitality to reopen

Pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to reopen and serve customers outside from April 12.

Unlike under the tiered system, there will be no requirement for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and there will not be a curfew.

Many businesses have had to get creative to be able to reopen with the new rules, including pubs putting tables in car parks.

Events

The number of people who can attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events – such as wakes – in Kent will rise to 15.

Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.

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