Easing The Lockdown Further

The Prime Minister has announced that from this weekend, single adult households will be able to mix with one other household in ‘support bubbles’, helping those who are suffering from loneliness during this difficult time.

  • Loneliness has been one of the most harmful effects of the current social restrictions, and there are many people – particularly those who live by themselves – who are struggling with being unable to see friends and family.
     
  • That is why from this weekend, adults living alone – or single parents with children under 18 – will be able to form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household, meaning they can spend time together inside each others’ homes and interact with each other without needing to stay 2 metres apart. 
     
  • This is a targeted intervention that will help to support those who are particularly suffering from loneliness, so that as we continue to ease the current social restrictions no one feels isolated or left behind.

From next Monday, all shops will be allowed to reopen provided they are meeting robust safety guidelines, so that staff and customers are kept safe whilst we get retail moving again.

  • This has been the most challenging period for shops and high streets in our history – we know the toll the last few months have taken on them, and we want to reopen our economy as soon as it is safe to do so.
     
  • That is why from 15 June, non-essential shops, department stores and shopping centres will be able to reopen, provided they are meeting Covid Secure guidelines beforehand and have put in place all the necessary steps to keep their workers and customers safe.
     
  • This will help to restart our economy and allow high streets across the country to spring back to life – whilst ensuring we keep the risk of infection down to avoid the possibility of a second wave.

Yesterday the Prime Minister also announced that from next Monday, zoos and other outdoor attractions will be allowed to open, so that people can enjoy the outdoors in safe way without risking the spread of coronavirus.