Amidst the fast-changing situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to keep all Lancashire visitors, past, present and future, as up to date as possible. Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of all our visitors, residents, and colleagues.

Blog updated 29th April 2021

National Lockdown
Lancashire remains under the Nationwide Lockdown to help prevent the further spread of Coronavirus.

Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the current COVID-19 situation in Lancashire.

Can I go out for food in Lancashire?

• Hospitality venues such as bars, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to serve people outdoors following COVID-secure guidelines. There will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcohol, and no curfew - although customers must order, eat and drink while seated. The rule of 6 still applies. – these businesses are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services browse our food and drink takeaway page here. 

Can I stay over in Lancashire?

• Self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households can reopen. We would always advise checking ahead with the accommodation provider to see if they are open and what COVID-secure measures they have in place. 

People should continue to minimise domestic travel where they can. International holidays are still prohibited. 

Can I go shopping?

• All non-essential retail can open from 12th April 2021 with social distancing measures in place. This includes personal care premises, public buildings such as libraries and community centres. You can also get your fill of Lancashire treats by browsing our ShopLancashire page here.

Where do I need to wear a face covering?

You must now wear a face covering when indoors in all retail. There are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.

I have purchased tickets for an event in Lancashire. Is it still going ahead?
We recommend contacting the event organiser directly to establish whether the event is still taking place.

Can I meet up with family and friends?

As of 12th April 2021, the rule of six applies to meeting friends and families outside and in gardens. This means you can meet in groups of six or two households with larger numbers outside, provided they stick to Covid guidelines and social distancing rules. 

A Forward Look

In his recent statement to the House of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the government roadmap that outlines how lockdown restrictions will be eased in England. The roadmap is in four steps. Before proceeding to the next step, the Government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps.
 
This assessment will be based on four tests:

1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.

2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.

3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.

4. Assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of concern.

There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased.
 
The full roadmap document is available here. A simplified table of the steps is available on pages 47-48. See below for a summary of the key points: 
 

Step 2 – from 12 April at the earliest, subject to an assessment of the data against the four tests


Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households as in Step 1, and no indoor mixing will be allowed unless otherwise exempt. Additional premises will be able to reopen but should only be visited alone or with household groups: 

  • Non-essential retail

  • Personal care premises such as hairdressers, salons and close contact services

  • Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3).

  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres 

  • Hospitality venues for outdoor service, without any curfew or the requirement for alcohol to be accompanied by a substantial meal - customers must order, eat and drink while seated.

  • Most outdoor settings and attractions including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas/performances/events will reopen

In addition:

  • Domestic overnight stays will be allowed and self-contained accommodation - those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities - can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household. 

  • Weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes will be able to take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).

  • International holidays will not be permitted.

All newly open settings must abide by the social contact rules. This will be accompanied by mitigations including workforce testing and continued social distancing guidance. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise domestic travel where they can. International holidays will still be prohibited.
 


Step 3 – from 17 May at the earliest and at least five weeks after Step 2


Most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted, but gatherings of more than 30 people outdoors will remain illegal. Indoors, people will be able to meet socially in a group of 6, or with 1 other household (though it may be possible to go further than this at Step 3 depending on the data). COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and premises must not cater for groups larger than the legal limits.
 
Sectors which will reopen include:

  • Indoor hospitality, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain;

  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas;

  • Indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas;

  • Remaining accommodation, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs;

  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes; and

  • Some large events, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events. 

  • Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower.

  • The Government will also make a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower. 

  • In addition, pilots will run as part of the Events Research Programme to examine how such events can take place without the need for social distancing using other mitigations such as testing.

In addition:

  • Weddings, receptions, funerals, and commemorative events including wakes can proceed with up to 30 attendees. 

  • A broader range of stand-alone life events will also be permitted at this step, including bar mitzvahs and christenings.


Step 4 – from 21 June at the earliest, and at least five weeks after Step 3 


With appropriate mitigations in place, by Step 4, the Government aims to remove all legal limits on social contact, reopen the remaining closed settings, including nightclubs and enable large events, including theatre performances, above the Step 3 capacity restrictions (subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme) and remove all limits on weddings and other life events, subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme.

Full details of local restrictions can be found here

General Guidance
It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:

·   HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.

·   FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

·   SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

Stay home if you have any of the symptoms and get a test as soon as possible.
 
If you don't follow these strict guidelines, police and local authorities will have powers to disperse gatherings, including through fines. We would urge everyone to follow all advice at this time and put health and safety first above everything else.
 
For more information please visit gov.uk

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All care has been taken to make sure that this information is correct and up-to-date at time of distribution (23.02.21 11am).  All residents and visitors are advised to consult the government guidance if in any doubt.

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