As the year progresses, the Government plans to ease the lockdown. Children returned to school on the 8th March and from the 29th outdoor gatherings, including in private gardens, are permitted, but only for a maximum of six people. Also from that date outdoor sports are allowed and open air swimming pools can open. However, we still won’t be allowed to travel abroad, and we are advised to work from home still, where possible.
From 12th April, non-essential retail outlets will open, as will hairdressers and nail salons. Libraries, community centres and most outdoor attractions are permitted to open. Campsites and holiday lets (where indoor facilities are not shared) can also open. The hospitality industry, which has suffered so much over the last year, will be able to open, but only to serve customers outdoors, via table service. Funeral services will be able to accommodate up to 30 mourners and weddings may be celebrated with up to 15 guests.
Restrictions ease further on the 17th May, when meeting others outdoors will be allowed – up to 30 people only. Indoor hospitality, cinemas, theatres will open, but again with restrictions on numbers. And up to 30 wedding guests will be able to celebrate the happy occasion.
When the 21st June arrives, the Government hopes to be in a position to remove ALL legal limits on social contact.
For details information on the road to ‘normality’ consult the www.gov.uk website.
How we celebrated in 2020
Between lockdowns in June, we invited people to take a walk around Slindon and see 33 different entries to the Slindon Scarecrow competition. Floral displays on gates and front doors added to the fun.
Here is a map giving the approximate locations of the scarecrows.
Just so everyone is aware – if you would like to see a bigger picture of each scarecrow, you will only be able to do so if you have an existing Instagram/Facebook account or choose to open an Instagram/Facebook (free) account.