Next week we will take an important and very welcome step forward on the government roadmap out of national restrictions.
From Monday 17 May:
*Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen indoors.
*Organised indoor sport can take place, including gym classes. You can find information about Croydon’s leisure centres on the Better website.
* Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
*Social gathering limits will be eased. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to six people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
*Continue to work from home if you can and if you travel, plan ahead and do so safely – you must wear a face-covering on public transport.
You can find the list in full on the government webpage.
I’m sure that, like me, everyone is looking forward to the freedoms that this easing of restrictions will bring – whether that’s being able to spend time with more friends and family, a trip to the gym or a coffee in your favourite cafe. It’s great that more Croydon businesses will finally be able to reopen – we will be delighted to welcome them back and see our town and district centres return to the busy, vibrant places we all know and love.
Monday’s changes mean a lot to all of us, which is why it is vital that we take this next step safely, together. There are still restrictions in place, and social distancing laws remain in many public places, such as shops, places of worship, and on public transport. The new guidance on meeting friends and family asks us all to take personal responsibility for protecting ourselves and others – we are asked to take care, consider the risks, and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Following the advice on hands, face, space and fresh air remains the best way to prevent infection spreading. We can also take a free rapid Covid test before meeting others. Above all, the best possible way to protect yourself against the virus is to get vaccinated when it is your turn – book on the NHS website. If you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms, always get a test and follow the stay at home guidance. Let’s take this next step safely and avoid a return to lockdown.
Finally, for those that were celebrating this week, I wish you Eid Mubarak. I hope you all have a lovely weekend – despite the weather forecast – and best of luck to all our businesses who are reopening on Monday,
Councillor Hamida Ali, leader of the council