This is everything you can and can't do in Lancashire from April 12 as the country takes the next step out of lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed yesterday (Monday, April 5) that Lancashire, along with the rest of England, will take the next step out of lockdown on April 12.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 8:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 9:11 am

In step 2 of the government's roadmap out of lockdown, non-essential shops, hairdressers and pubs will be among some of the businesses that will be able to reopen from next Monday.

The decision comes as the latest data showed a drop in hospitalisations, deaths and new cases across the country.

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These are the main rule changes confirmed as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

During March, step 1 rule changes saw schools return to face-to-face education, and people were able to meet outside, play sport with friends outdoors and travel more freely.

Here's what you can and can't do along with which businesses can reopen from April 12:

From Monday, non-essential retail will be able to reopen along with personal care premises, such as hairdressers and nail salons.

As well as shops, gyms and indoor leisure will be able to reopen but only for use by individuals or those in household groups.

Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes will not be able to restart until May 17 at the earliest.

Other public buildings, including libraries and community centres will also be able to reopen.

Hospitality venues with outdoor seating, such as pubs with beer gardens, will be able to open for table service allowing people to meet under the 'Rule of Six'.

The substantial meal and curfew rules have also been scrapped.

Indoor hospitality is planned for step 3 of the roadmap on May 17, however, customers will have to order, eat and drink while seated.

Outdoor attractions, such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will also be allowed to reopen, along with self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households.

The number of people able to attend a funeral will stay at 30, while the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

People will also have to wait to meet friends and family indoors, with the lifting of outdoor restrictions planned for May 17.

You can review each stage of the 'roadmap out of lockdown' on the government's website.