Further easing of rules from Monday

Published: Friday, April 9, 2021

There will be further easing of some lockdown restrictions from Monday (April 12), including the opening of non-essential shops and further access to libraries.

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But residents are asked to stay vigilant and alert and get regularly tested to help keep the virus under control and prevent any increase in infection rates.

From Monday residents will be able to visit libraries to return items, collect items that have been pre-ordered via the Library Takeaway system, browse a range of stock and access computers for pre-booked 30 minute sessions.

The Heritage search room at Battersea Library will be open to the public for pre-booked one-hour appointments only. The Home Delivery Library service, digital and remote services will continue including online access to books, newspapers, magazines, music and research tools. Events such as children’s story time and author readings will remain online for now. Find out more.

Other changes from Monday will include an increase to 15 of the number of people who can attend weddings.

Leisure centres will reopen, but for pre-booked gym and swim sessions only. find out more here and here

There will be drop-in indoor and outdoor activities at youth centres, but numbers may be limited. Contact your local centre for details.

Activities in parks will reopen, including trim trails, outdoor gyms, putting, multi-use games areas and basketball. Find out more

Community centres will reopen, but activities should only be visited alone or with household groups.

Non-essential retail will be allowed to open and now is the time when we can support our neighbourhood shops. Please observe social distancing, wear a mask and follow national guidelines.

Pubs and other hospitality venues can serve people outside. The council has compiled a list of pubs that have outside areas. Find out more. 

Other changes in Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown include the opening of personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail bars. Gyms can open but only for use by people on their own or in household groups. Outdoor attractions and venues such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas can open, and people can stay in self-contained accommodation where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, such as campsites and holiday lets.

See full details at gov.uk

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