29th March: Step 2 Roadmap out of lockdown

From today, organised sports can restart for children and adults, and outdoor sport and leisure facilities will be open again. Businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children will also now be able to host all outdoor children’s activities and outdoor parent-and-child groups for up to 15 people (excluding under 5s).

People will now be able to meet up in a group of six or two households in the outdoors, including private gardens. Based on the latest government guidance, if you are meeting with people, it may be worth considering these tips for keeping everyone safe:
– Do not enter the house unless briefly necessary to enter the garden or to use the bathroom – once finished, wipe down and sterilise any surfaces you have come into contact with
– Maintain social distancing by keeping two metres apart
– Set out seats two metres apart in advance – but not face to face
– Afterwards, consider limiting social contacts as much as possible with other households if you have already met for a social gathering elsewhere.
– Passing things from one person to another can transmit the virus, so maintain strong hygiene standards, including washing or sanitising hands regularly
– If you are considering having a picnic or a BBQ, ask guests to bring their own glasses, cutlery, serving implements, plates and condiments, if possible, to limit the risk of transmission
– Have a one-way system around any food that’s being served
– Only one person should handle cooking implements
– Serve food on plates/platters from a distance

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March, but many restrictions will remain in place.
– 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.

While it will be tempting to start mixing again, we must be mindful that Coronavirus is still very much circulating in Stockport, and we still need to keep up our behaviour changes to curb the transmission and keep rates down.
– Please continue to socially distance (two metres), wear face coverings (unless exempt), wash or sanitise hands regularly and keep areas well ventilated.

For further information on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown click here.