On 22 February 2021, the Government released the roadmap to bring the country slowly and cautiously out of the national restrictions.
On 8 March 2021, the first phase of step one began.
- All schools and colleges across England reopened along with practical higher education courses, other higher education courses will remain online
- Wraparound childcare (including childminders) and other children's activities could restart from for all children where it is needed to enable parents or carers to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group. Vulnerable children could attend these settings regardless of circumstance. Under-18 sport can take place at school as part of educational provision, or as part of wraparound care, but should not otherwise take place at this time
- Outdoor after-school sports and activities could take place
- Recreational activities in public spaces, such as a park, was allowed. . This could bebetween two people from different households, or between one household and one other person, meaning they can sit down for a drink or picnic outdoors
- You couldcontinue to exercise with one other person outdoors
- All care home residents in England could have one regular visitor with whom they can hold hands
On 29 March 2021, after completing the first phase of step one, further restrictions have been lifted:
- The rule of six (groups of six or less) or two households can meet outdoors. Households must not mix indoors
- Outdoor sport and leisure facilities will open
- Organised outdoor sport will be allowed (for children and adults)
- Travel should be minimised. Holidays will not be permitted.
- Outdoor parent and child groups can take place (up to 15 parents)
You can find out more about the government's roadmap and the planned steps here.
On 12 April, after completing step one, further restrictions have been lifted. This means that the following have reopened:
- All retail
- Personal care settings like hairdressers and beauty salons
- Public buildings like libraries, community centres and museums.
- Outdoor hospitality like alcohol takeaways, and beer gardens
- Outdoor attractions like zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
- Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms.
- Self-contained holiday accommodation like self-catering lets and camp sites for household stays only.
Wakes, weddings and receptions of up to 15 people will be permitted.
Important notice about parking
When visiting the towns and city centre, if you are parking in a 2 hours free area, please remember that you still need to collect a pay and display ticket.
You could receive a penalty charge notice (PCN) if you fail to display a ticket.
Please check signage for all parking tariffs, restrictions and conditions when parking.
Guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable
From 1 April 2021, clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) individuals are no longer advised to shield.
Residents on the shielded patient list can begin to follow restrictions alongside the rest of the population. However, they are still advised to take extra precautions to protect themselves.
Letters with updated guidance will be arriving shortly to those affected. They set out practical steps that residents can follow to reduce their risk of catching COVID-19, including continuing to maintain strict social distancing and to keep their overall social contacts at low levels, such as working from home where possible.
Advice for people who are at higher risk from Coronavirus can be found on the NHS website.
While out and about, if you feel over-whelmed, anxious or need to step away from a busy area we have the 'Take 5' initiative where businesses, and other locations in the district, offer a quiet space for people, with staff trained to offer assistance.
Find out more by visiting:
Support for businesses
Your business may be eligible for financial support as part of a grant system. For more information about the help available to businesses and the financial support available visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/
The team can be contacted at email@example.com or by calling 01924 306630
People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.
Financial support for businesses and employees
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.
Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme. Businesses will be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during this period.
For more information visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/
Test and Trace Support Payment scheme
If you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace on or after 28 September 2020, you are under a legal obligation to do so.
You could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment if you live in England and meet certain criteria.
Visit the Government website to find out if you are eligible: www.gov.uk/government/publications/test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme-claiming-financial-support/claiming-financial-support-under-the-test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme.
Help with money, housing and jobs during coronavirus
We appreciate that the coronavirus outbreak is a challenging time for everyone. We know that it's having a significant impact on people financially and is affecting many individuals, businesses and the local and national economy.
You can visit the Support Finder on the Government website to find out what financial help is available to you.