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What you can do under new lockdown rules

Popping out for a haircut or a quick pint will remain a cherished memory for another two months after the latest announcements on the Government's coronavirus restrictions.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed leisure and hospitality industries will be among the third phase of easing the restrictions, but not until July 4 at the earliest,

Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the next steps yesterday with some relaxations on the ability to leave home and encouraging those who could not work from home to return to their workplace.

Some shops may be allowed to open from June 1 while a 14-day quarantine period for those entering the UK could be imposed by the end of May.

A 50-page guidance document on the restrictions and who can return to work will be published later when the Prime Minister is also due to speak to the House of Commons.

Among the measures included in the document not covered in the Prime Minister's address yesterday is being able to "meet up with other people" outside their household as long as they are outside and stay two metres apart.

Mr Raab said people should "use some common sense" and cannot visit others at their home.

Among the key announcements are:

  • People who "can't work from home" will be "actively encouraged" to return to work from Wednesday.
  • Anyone returning to work is urged to avoid public transport wherever possible.
  • The Government says it will issue guidance for employers on making their workplaces safe for people to work in.
  • Primary schools may reopen from June 1 at the earliest for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.
  • The Government hopes to enable secondary school pupils facing exams next year to have some time with teachers before the summer holiday.
  • People can "take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise" rather than only exercising once a day" from Wednesday.
  • Going out could include sitting in parks and playing sports with people in the same household, as long as social distancing rules are observed.
  • Golf, basketball, tennis and fishing  are among sports which will be possible for people in the same household, according to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
  • Phased reopening of shops may begin from June 1.
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality and entertainment venues will not be opened until July at the earliest.

These guidelines refer only to England - Scotland and Wales have opted to make fewer alterations to the original advice to stay at home.

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