The Prime Minister has announced a number of changes to the lockdown restrictions currently imposed on the country, including the ability for Islanders to see friends and family from Monday – albeit in a limited way.
With the number of new cases and daily deaths coming down, Boris Johnson has moved forward with the easing of lockdown in a controlled way.
This evening (Thursday) is has been confirmed that from Monday (1st June), 6 people will be able to meet outside – including in their own garden – provided those from different households observe social distancing rules.
Primary school children will start to return to school from Monday (1st June), with car showrooms and outdoor markets also re-opening. Secondary school children in Years 10 and 12 are set to receive face-to-face contact time from 15th June.
Non-essential shops will be permitted to open once again from Monday 15th June – subject to the 5 tests laid out by the Government still being met.
Dentists will re-open from 8th June.
In sport, people will be able to play golf in groups of 4 from Monday and tennis can be played in doubles. Premier League football will resume on 17th June with the first games being Aston Villa v Sheffield Unit and Manchester City v Arsenal. Players and staff are being tested for coronavirus twice a week.
Although socialising will be permitted within just days, Islanders should prevent seeing people from lots of different households in quick succession. In addition, friends and family are still not permitted to be inside the homes of others – unless it is to access the family garden.
Those who have been asked to shield for a 12 week period should continue to do so.