The changes in lockdown restrictions coming to Milton Keynes from tomorrow

As part of the government's plan to gradually ease lockdown restrictions throughout the country, there are a number of measures being relaxed from the start of next week (Monday 12 April).

Businesses

The next stage in the easing of lockdown restrictions will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.

Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (table service).

Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Activities

Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas.

Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Events

While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.