Yesterday’s announcement has raised spirits across the nation, as Boris Johnson outlined the roadmap out of lockdown. Within this, the Prime Minister stated that the government hopes to lift all legal limits on social contact by 21st June, and with it the re-opening of nightclubs and large scale events.
Prior to this, Phase 2 of the plan will see pubs, restaurants and events resume activity outdoors only from 12th April, with the rule of six applied. On 17th May, Phase 3 will lift most social contact rules when outside, with gatherings of up to 30 people permitted. Indoor hospitality will also be able to open, however with the rule of six still in place.
Outdoor live music and events with an audience up to 4000 people are also said to be permitted from Phase 3. Indoor performances will allow up to 1000 people (though this is likely to be in seated arenas/theatres). For large venues (at least 40,000 capacity), up to 10,000 will be allowed to attend.
Finally, Phase 4 on 21st June will bring the lockdown to an end with all legal limits on social contact lifted, and the return of nightclubs and festivals. This news comes as a huge sigh of relief to the hospitality industry, who are on the brink of collapse. However the restrictions will only be lifted if cases, deaths and hospital admissions continue to fall. Should we see another spike in any of these areas, the re-opening could be delayed.
Fingers crossed all goes well!
Words: Ben Lovejoy
Cover image: Creamfields