On Monday 12th April the UK Government formerly eased lockdown restrictions in England ahead of further easing plans in the coming months. The new measures mean that non-essential shops can re-open so people can now go and attend a much needed appointment with a hairdresser, go to the pub for a pint (outdoor service only), go shopping for retail therapy, go to the gym, and even go to the zoo to see exotic animals.
Demand for the services of these businesses has been so high that bookings have been made for many months down the line.
With the success of the vaccine rollout in the UK, 32 million people have now received their first vaccination, but most importantly it is the people in the high risk groups that have been prioritised which has helped to allow the easing of restrictions.
What happens next is key. If cases of new infections follow the government’s planned low number approach then further easing will continue in the coming months, until the UK gets back to some form or normality, or at least as close as it can be under these difficult circumstances.
The good news is that in the UK you can now meet friends and family outdoors which can only be a good thing after so many months of isolation. Hopefully, it will start happening the world over when vaccination levels increase to the required levels.
Paul Hopkins, Sales & Marketing Executive