FREEDOM DELAY: Restrictions extended until July
The Prime Minister has announced that lockdown restrictions will not ease on June 21 as originally set out.
Instead there will be a four-week delay. It's expected that England's final easing of restrictions will move to the 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after two weeks. This has come as a massive blow for the hospitality industry.
Merseyside's hospitality industry has had an extremely difficult year, with the pandemic having caused huge hardship for many businesses. Forced to close or operate with reduced capacity for long periods, many businesses have struggled and some have had to close their doors completely.
It was hoped that hospitality businesses would be able to start the road to recovery as England moved out of the final stage of lockdown on June 21st, with this now being revised to July though not even this is definite.
It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. The government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance.
However, some restrictions will change on 21 June. From 21 June, there will be changes to the rules on:
- weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
- commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
- large events pilots
- care home visits
- domestic residential visits for children
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