Further easing of rules from next week

Published: Friday, May 14, 2021

There will be further easing of some lockdown restrictions from Monday (May 17), including the further reopening of indoor hospitality venues and more guests allowed at weddings.

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The Prime Minister has confirmed the reopening roadmap has remained on course as infection rates continue to decrease, but the council is asking residents are asked to stay vigilant and alert and get regularly tested to help keep the virus under control.

Some council services will be affected. Please note some linked pages will not be updated until Monday when the new rules come into force.

The number of people who can attend weddings will increase to 30 depending on the safe capacity limits set for the ceremony room and venue. Find out more here.  Find out about attending funerals here.

Other group events will also be allowed at the Evolution site in Battersea Park and the Civic Suite, Wandsworth, including conferences and hospitality, although numbers will be capped at fifty per cent of the sites’ capacity.

Leisure centres will be able to offer group exercise classes, with restrictions on numbers. Find out more here and here.

Community centres will also be able to host indoor group sport sessions and exercise classes. Find your nearest here and here.

Indoor venues such as cinemas, museums, children’s play areas, theatres and hotels can reopen, with capacity limits, and pubs and other hospitality venues can serve groups of six people or two households inside.

The council’s youth service will be permitted to run trips, including residential trips.

Services available in libraries include book return, self-service issuing pro-booked computer sessions and pre-booked use of study space. Browsing will be allowed but customers must observe all rules related to face coverings and social distancing.   The Heritage search room at Battersea Library will be open to the public for pre-booked two hour appointments only. Online resources and events will continue to be available.

Other changes in Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown include an easing on the limits on seeing friends and family and the reopening of most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors. Working from home where possible should continue for now.

See full details at gov.uk

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