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We’ve made it this far and we still have some distance to go, however, the path back to normality may be a little bumpy but we will get there. Since the road map was disseminated, we have seen some slight changes to the journey to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible.

 

Churchill security look at the next steps for Britain to go back to normality
 

Since it was announced back in February, the England COVID-19 roadmap detailed the gradual and cautious return to normality in 4 stages. The first two stages have been successfully implemented, with schools re-opening on 8th March, the rule of six introduced on the 29th of March and non-essential shops, beauty salons, leisure facilities and outdoor attractions now open. All that is left is stages 3 and 4, as we forge ahead towards re-opening on the 21st of June.

One of the new variants has seen a slight slowdown in the approach to re-opening and localised changes are being made to help. The government has amended guidance which had said people should “avoid” travel in and out of several areas of England with high numbers of cases of the Indian variant of Covid. It now states that people should “minimise” travel.

The government has updated new guidance it issued for people in eight areas: Kirklees, Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow and North Tyneside.

The amended advice says that “wherever possible, you should try to-

  • meet friends and family outside rather than inside
  • keep 2m (6ft) apart from people you don’t live with (unless in a support bubble with them)
  • minimise travel in and out of the affected areas

 

The updated advice says people in these areas should also:

  • Take a free lateral flow test twice a week (you must self-isolate if positive)
  • Take part in local surge testing
  • Work from home if possible
  • Get vaccinated when eligible

 

 

Let’s take a closer look at the stages in the COVID roadmaps for England, Scotland, and Wales as well as the ways in which Churchill Security can support your business get back to normal, safely and securely.

 

The Next Stage For England

Rules have been relaxed, under the move to step 3 of the government’s roadmap.

 

Meeting up

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors and overnight stays can take place
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other life events
  • The number of people who can attend a funeral is no longer capped, but determined by the size of venue
  • Up to 30 allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under 5’s)
  • Care home residents can have up to five named visitors, and more freedom for visits out of the home

 

Social distancing guidance has also changed. Contact with close family and friends is described as a matter of personal judgement, but people are asked to remain cautious around close contact, like hugging.

 

Leisure and entertainment

  • Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants allowed to serve customers indoors
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
  • Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can all reopen
  • Organised adult sports and exercise classes can restart indoors
  • Steam rooms and saunas may reopen
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen

 

Education

  • Face coverings no longer recommended for pupils in secondary schools
  • All remaining university students eligible to return to in-person teaching

 

Travel

  • People can travel abroad to green list countries without having to quarantine when they return

 

From 21st June, assuming the India variant is under control:

  • All legal limits on social contact will be removed
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen

 

However, the government has warned that outbreaks of the new variants could disrupt further easing, and “make it more difficult to move to step 4 in June”.

 

What’s Happening In Scotland?

Mainland Scotland is now under level 2 restrictions, with the exception of Glasgow, where infection rates remain high.

 

Family and friends:

  • Up to six people from no more than three households can socialise indoors in a private home
  • You do not need to physically distance from family and friends in a private home
  • Up to six people from three households can meet in an indoor public place (such as a bar)
  • Up to eight people from eight households can meet anywhere outdoors
  • Children under the age of 12, are not included in the total number of people – but they are counted in the limit on the number of different households

 

Leisure:

  • Hospitality venues can serve alcohol indoors until 22:30
  • Entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and bingo halls will reopen
  • Outdoor adult contact sport and indoor group exercise to restart
  • Up to 100 people allowed to attend indoor events, 250 will be able to attend outdoor events or 500 with seating
  • Travel allowed anywhere in Scotland, except in and out of Glasgow where restrictions are in place
  • Travel is also allowed to Wales and England – but temporary travel restrictions have been introduced for Bedford, Bolton, Blackburn and Darwen, due to concerns about the Indian variant
  • International travel allowed, in line with rules in England

 

Scottish islands – apart from Skye – have moved to level one restrictions. It’s hoped the rest of Scotland will follow on 7 June.

 

The city of Glasgow remains under level three restrictions:

  • Only essential travel is allowed in and out of these areas
  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants can open indoors until 20:00 each day for groups of up to six people from two households – no alcohol can be served
  • Non-essential informal childcare can operate
  • Non-essential work can take place inside people’s homes
  • Up to 50 people can attend funerals and wakes

 

What’s Happening In Wales?

  • Pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants can reopen for indoor service
  • Customers can meet in groups of up to six people from six households (children under 11 not counted towards the total)
  • All holiday accommodation can reopen fully
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, bingo halls, indoor-play centres and theatres can re-open
  • Indoor visitor attractions, including museums and galleries, can reopen
  • Up to 30 people can take part in organised indoor activities and events, rising to 50 outdoors
  • International travel can resume, in line with the traffic light system adopted by England and Scotland – although the government advises against non-essential trips abroad
  • Anyone can now visit loved ones in care homes, but only two at a time

 

Indoor socialising in private homes is still restricted to extended households, where two households can mix with each other (and no one else).

The government says that if conditions remain positive, its next review will consider:

 

  • Further changes to meeting people in private homes
  • Increasing the number of people who can meet outdoors
  • Increasing the numbers allowed at organised activities and events
  • Permitting larger-scale events to take place indoors and outdoors

 

Whilst the rules and restrictions vary across the UK it’s encouraging to see things moving forward and the light getting ever closer at the end of the tunnel. For the latest up to date information on your area visit gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Churchill Security Is Here to Help You Get Back to Normal

No matter what type of business you run, whether you’re in the hospitality, retail or entertainment sector, Churchill Security is here to help you get back to business as the UK re-opens from lockdowns and restrictions. We can provide your business with bespoke security solutions, COVID cleaning solutions and COVID management strategies, so you can get back up and running safely and securely.

Event Security Services

With events set to make a comeback this summer, make sure your guests enjoy themselves safely and responsibly with our range of security solutions. From crowd control, emergency planning procedures, first aid and health and safety checks, our multi-talented, SIA licensed officers can offer the security support you’re looking for.

COVID Cleaning Solutions

Whether you run a pub, restaurant, theatre or gym, as indoor businesses start to re-open, stringent cleaning solutions have never been more essential to safeguard the health of staff and customers. At Churchill Security, we can offer flexible deep cleaning services to businesses of all kinds, ensuring every inch of your business is regularly deep cleaned.

COVID Management Services

At the outset of the pandemic, we created a range of COVID management services to help businesses continue operating whilst mitigating the risk of COVID transmission. We can offer fully trained social distancing marshals to oversee social distancing measures and mask wearing in your business, as well as a range of sophisticated technology, including temperature screening and people flow systems, to help stop the spread of the virus in your business.

 

Let’s get back to business Britain!

If you’re a business owner looking for COVID support over the next few months and beyond, get in touch with Churchill Security today. Our experienced managers and frontline officers can help provide the peace of mind you need to open up to the public safely once again.

 

 

Churchill Security is a leading cross-industry security company supplying professional and comprehensive security solutions to organisations seeking expert Security Guards, CCTV & Event Security, Key Holding & Alarm Response, Mobile Patrols and Thermal Imaging & People Flow.

To find out more about how Churchill Security can protect your business, contact us today.

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