Step 2 – not before 12 April
Business and activities
Step 2, from Monday 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.
Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.
While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.
How to reopen safely
This campaign is the business extension of the Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air campaign. It looks to ensure business owners and staff are prepared for Stage 2 on the roadmap out of lockdown. As non-essential retail, personal care, outdoor hospitality and other sectors reopen it is important businesses continue to follow Government guidance on how to keep their employees and customers safe. Let’s take this next step safely.
The campaign advises business owners and staff to:
- Let fresh air in
- Make space
- Display your NHS code poster
Within the zip folder you’ll find the following assets:
- Let fresh air social assets (x3 formats)
- Make Space social assets (x3 formats)
- QR Code social assets (x3 formats)
- Outside Dining social assets (x3 formats)
- Social copy
Please ensure that all images posted on social media make use of the ‘alt text’ function and duplicate any words that appear in a graphic, so the same information is accessible to those using screen readers. You should also describe any imagery that appears within this description. Please also ensure that key information is communicated in the post text, rather than relying on a visual asset. You can find further guidance and how to do this for different platforms below and for further advice on writing image descriptions, see here: https://www.rnib.org.uk/rnibconnect/technology/making-your-social-media-accessible