A Move Forward Towards a ‘New Normal’ as Burdens are Eased

Thanks to the continued patience and strong commitment of the public in helping to protect the NHS and contain the virus the Prime Minister has now confirmed that the government’s five tests for easing the lockdown are being met. This means we can now move forward to the next phase of adjusting the lockdown.

In line with the Prime Minister’s earlier announcements, a series of measures will be in place in England from Monday 1st June in three core areas – schools, retail, and social contact.

SCHOOLS

Pupils in Nurseries, Early Years, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 at primary schools in England are to return. Class sizes are expected to be no more than 15 pupils, with staggered breaks and frequent hand washing. 

On 15th June, secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges will begin to provide some face-to-face contact time for Year 10 and Year 12 pupils, and the equivalent groups in Further Education.

RETAIL etc

1st June- Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen, providing they meet COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. 

8th June- Dental Practices may re-open following a directive from the Chief Dental Officer.

15th June- All non-essential retailers - from department stores to small independent shops - can reopen in England so long as they put in place social distancing measures

17th June- Premier League football returns, with all 92 remaining games of this season to be broadcast live. Stadia will be closed to spectators.