Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Advice as lockdown is further eased on Monday 12 April

On Monday (5 April), the Prime Minister confirmed that we can proceed with Step 2 of the Government's roadmap on 12 April. As this next stage will mean non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality and personal care premises can reopen on 12 April, we have updated and reissued our guidance for businesses once lockdown is eased.

From this date, as well as non-essential retail and personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons, indoor leisure facilities can reopen for use by people on their own or in household groups. Most outdoor attractions, including outdoor hospitality venues, safari parks and drive-in cinemas can also open once again, while self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets may reopen so long as indoor facilities are not shared with other households.
 
Hospitality venues, including pubs, bars and restaurants, can serve people outdoors and for table service only from 12 April, and there is no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew.
 
Public buildings such as community centres can also reopen from 12 April, and several of our leisure centres and libraries will reopen from this date. More information on the opening times and specific restrictions at each council-owned site is available on our website:

We also all need to keep in mind that although 12 April is a big day for your business, we must all continue to follow the guidance – everyone should continue to keep washing their hands; wear a face covering where appropriate; ensure they are effectively socially distancing; and, where possible, you should open windows and doors to let fresh air circulate.

People must also stick to the ‘Rule of 6’ and not mix indoors with different households. We don’t want cases to rise once again and to take a step back on the Government’s roadmap.

Guidance and support for reopening safely
 
You can access up-to-date guidance on safely reopening, complete with health advice, downloadable signage and posters, social distancing guidance and checklists to ensure you are ready for the reopening.

These resources are available on our website: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19

Business Grants
 
Businesses will be able to apply for Restart Grants when applications open in early April. The grants will support high street businesses and are worth up to £6,000 for non-essential retail businesses, and up to £18,000 for hospitality businesses such as personal care, pubs, leisure and hotels.
 
For more information about grants, please visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19-grants.