Wellingborough Forum Debate – Lockdown

Wellingborough Forum is a discussion group, online and on Facebook to share activities and to debate issues. To start the conversations off, we will be posting a poll at the start of every week; and to start off with we are asking about the lockdown roadmap. Are restrictions being lifted at the right speed? What do you think?

  1. Is the Lockdown roadmap taking us down the right track?
  2. With cases rising in Europe are we moving to quickly?
  3. With the success of our vaccination program are we relaxing rules too slowly?

This is how will lockdown is planned to be lifted in England:

What’s already changed?

  • Schools and colleges have reopened, and university students can return for practical courses
  • Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench”
  • Care home residents can have one nominated visitor, with testing and social distance precautions

From 29 March:

  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens
  • The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart
  • Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances

Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):

  • All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons (including in people’s homes)
  • Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
  • Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in the UK in self-contained accommodation
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take placeA waitress serving food in a pub garden

Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
  • Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopenInternational leisure travel may resume
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart

Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):

  • All legal limits on social contact will be removed
  • No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen

What are the four tests for easing restrictions?

Each stage will be a minimum of five weeks apart and four conditions must be met at each stage before proceeding to the next one:

  1. The coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan
  2. Vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying or needing hospital treatment
  3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions
  4. New coronavirus variants do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions

Please choose one of the options online or on Facebook, and if you want to share why, add a comment.