The Prime Minister has confirmed that pubs, shops and hairdressers will re-open across the Island next Monday, alongside the good news that tourists will be able to holiday on the Isle of Wight once again.
With cases and deaths plummeting – and the COVID vaccination programme excelling – the Government has confirmed the roadmap out of lockdown will proceed as planned.
It means that from 12th April, non-essential retail will be allowed to re-open alongside gyms, hairdressers, beauty salons and beer gardens – with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol and with no curfew. Outdoor attractions will also open their doors to visitors including zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
There is further good news as care homes will be permitted to allow residents to see 2 named visitors, instead of 1.
However, outdoor gatherings are still restricted to just 6 people (or 2 households) with no indoor socialising.
The next step in the roadmap is expected to come into effect from 17th May – 6 weeks today.