Original article from Kent Live
After an interminable amount of time spent in lockdown, restrictions are set to be eased next week.
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson addressed the nation last night to confirm the next step in the lockdown roadmap, which we will see from April 12.
In just six days time, Kent people will be able to finally get to the gym, go to the zoo, and hit the high streets, as the second stage of the lockdown roadmap arrives.
Here is the handy guide of what you can and can't do from April 12.
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It is noted that with all the changes that are set to come in the next six days, rules surrounding social distancing and face masks will remain in place.
The rule of six and the mixing of two households outside, will also still apply from April 12.
In terms of care homes, residents can now have up to two people visit them.
After only being able to visit supermarkets and garden centres, all non-essential shops will now be able to open from April 12.
There is a long list of stores that we will be happy to see come back, such as; clothing stores, tailors, charity and antique shops, homeware and carpet store showrooms, florists, retail travel agents, betting shops, car washes, and more.
All shops can limit the amount of customers in store at any time, so beware of possible queues.
Overnight stays away
Overnight stays away from home in England will be permitted and self-contained accommodation can also reopen.
But they must only be used by members of the same household or support bubble.
Lockdown has proved to be very boring and limited for many, but now several outdoor attractions can now open.
These attractions include zoos, theme parks, drive-in performance events, and drive-in cinemas.
Personal care and indoor leisure
All hairdressers, beauty salons, and barbers can now open from April 12, after several months of them being forced to close.
When it comes to indoor leisure such as gyms, all are welcome to use the facilities, but only in household groups or individually.
The much anticipated reopening of pubs, cafes and restaurants will bring much excitement and joy to all.
In six days time, they will all be able to open but they can only service customers outside.
So we will see the use of pub gardens and outdoor seating for restaurants, as no one will be able to dine indoors until after May 17.
There will be no curfew or need to buy a substantial meal to have an alcoholic beverage, but you will be required to sit whilst you dine and drink.
Funerals and weddings
There are still limits to how many people can attend these kind of events.
For funerals, 30 people may be permitted to attend, but the number reduces to 15 people for wakes, weddings and receptions.
Children activities and libraries
All children will be able to attend any outdoor activities such as sports, but there will be limits to indoor children activities.
Indoor parent and child groups can restart, and will be limited to up to 15 parents, children under 5-years-old will not be counted.
All libraries will be allowed to open from April 12 along with community centres.