As the UK moves onto step three of the Government’s road map, we are delighted to see local hospitality businesses welcome customers indoors once again and residents begin to meet family and friends inside their homes.
From today (Monday 17 May), the new guidance says:
- People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors – with social distancing
- Six people or two households can meet indoors (including hospitality)
- Overnight stays allowed with people not in your household or bubble
- Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
- Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres and cinemas can open
This is a really positive step, but it must be tempered with caution; the pandemic is not over and we still need to follow the guidance to keep the most vulnerable in our communities safe and infections at their current low level.
Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “I’m delighted that our local businesses can open up to customers indoors after such a long wait. They have been under immeasurable pressure but I hope their future is now more certain and I urge people to support them by not only brining their custom but by respecting the guidelines and getting tested before they visit.
“I would personally like to thank everyone in the Borough who has acted responsibly and followed the guidance; you have helped bring infections down to one of the lowest rates in the county, so let’s keep leading by example and make sure we get to step four in June.”
Regular testing is now open to everyone. It’s quick and easy and can be done at a test centre, or at home. Click here to find out more about testing.
For all the most up to date Coronavirus information and guidance visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus