Businesses across the Isle of Wight are celebrating being able to open their doors once again as part of the next stage of the Government’s irreversible coronavirus roadmap.
From today (Monday 12th April), non-essential retail can re-open and hospitality businesses can serve customers outside. The Island is also expected to see an influx of visitors as self-contained accommodation such as caravans and Air B&Bs can now welcome visitors.
2021 has been disastrous for businesses, especially retailers, but with infections dropping and the vaccination programme excelling the remainder of this year is set to see a bumper boost for Island firms.
Social distancing measures are still in place and there are still a number of other limitations. The next step of the roadmap will be met on 17th May and the final step being 21st June, paving the way for a Great British Summer on the Isle of Wight.
Which businesses can re-open today?
- Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality – customers must sit outdoors, rule of six and table service only but no curfew
- Hairdressers and Beauty Salons
- All non-essential retail – including all shops, showrooms etc.
- Self-contained holiday accommodation – but no household mixing
- Libraries, Community Centres and other public buildings
- Zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and small outdoor attractions/events
- Gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys and other indoor leisure – but no household mixing and no saunas/steam rooms
Other activities that can now take place:
- Parent and child groups for up to 15 people (children under 5 do not count)
- Weddings, civil partnerships and wakes up to 15 guests (plus staff)
- Funerals can continue with up to 30 attendees
- Care home residents can have 2 named visitors
- Driving Lessons can resume
Although today’s news is a positive step forward in moving out of the pandemic, there is still a long way to go until life returns to normal. There are still a number of things you cannot do including:
- No mixing indoors – only same household or support bubble, indoor mixing to resume with rule of six on 17th May
- No indoor eating/drinking in pubs and restaurants
- Cinemas and theatres must remain closed
- Hotels must remain closed
- No indoor sport for adults
- No large events or nightclubs
- Continued limits on social contact
Keep an eye out for Island Echo’s Business Directory, launching soon to help support local businesses to bounce back!