Recently there have been a number of alterations made to the lockdown measures in the UK. These changes have been a bit unclear to say the least and to make matters even more confusing the rules now differ depending upon what region of the UK you live in.
So, to help clear up some of the confusion we’ve put together a handy and we hope easy to follow list of what you can and cannot do in each area of the UK.
No Change To the Basic Rules
First of all, it’s important to make it clear that no matter where you are in the country the basic rules of social distancing remain in place.
Always Keep 2 Metres Apart From Anyone You Don’t Live With
Wash Your Hands Regularly and Thoroughly
If You Develop COVID-19 Symptoms – Immediately Self Isolate for Seven Days.
Under the new rules you can now meet with one person who is not a member of your household (i.e. someone you live with) provided you do so outdoors and remain 2 metres apart at all times.
You can also enjoy certain non-contact sports such as fishing, tennis and golf. You can do so in the company of those you live with or with one other person who is not a member of your household provided you maintain social distancing rules.
Gatherings of more than two people (who do not live in the same household) are prohibited by law. And you cannot invite anyone into your home who does not live with you.
Leaving your home to exercise is no longer restricted to once a day. You can now go out as much as you want and you can also spend time sitting in the park or public spaces, again provided you follow the other rules.
People in England are free to drive as far as they like to outdoor open spaces but are not permitted to stay anywhere else overnight, including at a second home.
This means you can visit beaches and beauty spots but common sense and social distancing must remain the order of the day.
All restaurants, cafes and bars will remain closed until the beginning of July at the earliest. Although some eateries are offering take-away and delivery services.
In Northern Ireland the rules are similar to those in England with the one exception that groups of four to six people who do not share a household can meet outdoors while maintaining social distancing.
In Wales the lockdown restrictions have not been eased to any extent except that residents are now permitted to leave their home as often as they wish to exercise provided they begin and end at home. Car travel is restricted to essential journeys only.
The rules in Scotland are similar to those in Wales however the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has indicated that some easing of the restrictions may be introduced on the 28th May.
Residents of England are advised that they should be aware of the different regulations that are in place in Scotland and Wales. Similar advice has been issued to residents of Northern Ireland regarding the regulations in the Republic of Ireland.
Advice For Over 70’s
The new lockdown measures introduced are the same over 70’s as for the rest of the population. However, people over the age of 70 are at greater risk of having severe cases of Covid-19 than the rest of the population and so should take particular care in practicing social distancing.
The one distinction in the guidelines is for those individuals who are defined as being “clinically extremely vulnerable”. People in this group which includes those with particular cancers and severe respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis should be taking “shielding” measures. People in this more at-risk group should have received a letter from their GP, and the measures that they are supposed to take are more severe, including not leaving their homes at all and remaining in lockdown until at least the end of June.
Whatever you decide to do this weekend have fun and stay safe!