End of lockdown: what the roadmap means for businesses
Covid restrictions on business will be lifted slowly
With the vaccine rollout successful so far and infection rates dropping, the roadmap out of lockdown continues apace.
The plan depends on the UK continuing to meet a set of criteria, including infection rates remaining low and the vaccine rollout going to plan. But should the UK continue to head in its current direction, these are the key milestones for small businesses...
Shops reopen - 12th April
A of 12th April, all non-essential retailers have been able to reopen.
This includes hairdressers, beauty salons, zoos, indoor children's play areas, gyms and more. Pubs and restaurants can also serve customers seated outdoors from this date.
Domestic UK holidays are now permitted too.
Hospitality can serve indoors - 17th May
After 17th May, pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can serve customers indoors. People from two different households can meet indoors from this date, and outdoors groups of up to 30 are permitted.
Furthermore, cinemas, theatres, hotels and hostels can now reopen for households.
Events for large groups will be permitted but with limits in place. For example, indoor events can run at half capacity or 1000 people.
All limits lifted - 21st June
From this date, all legal limits on social contacts will be lifted - incuding nightclubs.
It may still feel like a long road, but the end is in sight. So from a small business perspective, it's time to get planning to ensure you can bounce back as quickly as possible.
You can find all the latest financial support on offer from the government here.