“We’re moving in the right direction," says health boss as pubs and shops reopen across Sheffield today
As part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, non-essential shops, gyms, hair salons and outdoor hospitality venues have opened their doors for the first time in months today, but a Sheffield health boss says we must ‘continue to be cautious’.
Beer gardens, retail stores, libraries, salons and gyms have all reopened today, Monday, April 12, as we ‘move in the right direction’, but Sheffield’s director of public health reminding punters to follow rules and stay vigilant.
Most outdoor attractions and settings, including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas, will also be allowed to reopen today.
Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.
Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated.
Children will be able to attend any indoor children's activity and care home visitors will increase to two per resident.
Greg Fell, director of public health for Sheffield, said: “Many of us will be feeling relieved that on Monday we can start to do even more. All shops will be allowed to open and those who need it will be able to get that long awaited haircut.
"Whilst it’s great that the lockdown is easing, we want it to be the last one, so I’m still emphasising the importance of hands, face, space and letting fresh air in when we are indoors –we must continue to be cautious and not stop doing the right things too soon.
“Vaccinations across the city are happening at pace, this is fantastic and we need to keep it up! If you’re offered a vaccine, take up the offer to protect yourself and those around you. Covid doesn’t just affect the elderly, there are many younger adults who have been and continue to be affected.
“It’s important to end on a positive note – we’re moving in the right direction, we’re starting to feel our spirits lift slowly and that’s because we’re following the guidelines. If we keep it up, it will only get better.”
As well as the re-openings, more bus services have been put on to help get customers back to their favourite shops, bars and salons.
However, reduces space and restrictions will still be in play on the services.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s director of customer services, Tim Taylor, said: “With social distancing measures still in place, we’re reminding passengers that there is reduced space on public transport services.
“With more businesses, retail, close-contact and community services as well as some hospitality opening up again, we expect more people will need to use public transport and we want everyone to be able to travel as safely as possible.
"Please follow Government travel advice to help control the spread of Coronavirus by planning ahead, avoiding peak times, minimising the number of journeys you make, combining trips and trying to stay local.”