Updated Information on how small businesses and the self-employed can weather Covid 19 – May 10th, 2021

During the press conference held by the Prime Minister this evening, it was announced that England is now moving to Step 3 of the roadmap that was outlined on February 23rd.

This is just a brief summary of the roadmap and you can read more about the press conference here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-at-coronavirus-press-conference-10-may-2021

From Monday May 17th, 2021, the following will be able to happen:

– all pubs/restaurants/bars will be able to serve food and drink indoors
– indoor entertainment (cinemas, museums, children’s play areas) can open
– theatres/concert halls/conference centres/sports stadiums can re-open with capacity limits
– indoor leisure facilities such as gyms can re-open for organised adult sports and indoor exercise classes; saunas/steam rooms can start to be used
– all remaining accommodation can open (hotels, hostels, B&Bs)
– domestic overnight stays can happen within England with up to 6 people or 2 households
– limit on the number of people who can attend funerals will be lifted
– up to 30 people able to attend a support group or parent and child groups (children under the age of 5 do not count).
– care home residents can have up to 5 named visitors
– outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people or two households
– people can meet indoors in groups of 6 or up to 2 households
– foreign holidays can resume with specific restrictions – please see this page to find out which countries are on the green list: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
– children no longer need to wear masks in classrooms or communal areas within secondary schools
– all remaining university students eligible to return to in-person teaching
– next week the government will publish guidelines for personal contact

The next set of changes are due to take place on June 21st – as long as the 4 tests set out by the government are met. Further updates will be released in due course.

I am continually monitoring the updates that the government and other business-related departments release and will continue to share that information for as long as I feel that it is beneficial to all businesses in the UK.

The information and policies are continually being updated by the government, so I urge you to keep on top of the information by visiting the relevant website for your area.

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Wales: https://gov.wales/business-and-employers-coronavirus
Northern Ireland: https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/

I will be trying to keep myself as informed as possible and will share relevant information on my fb business page: https://www.facebook.com/ihelmenterprises/

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