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Seven things you can do this week that you couldn't do last week

Lockdown may not have been lifted but it has been relaxed, meaning families in Peterborough now have more freedom than they have over the past eight weeks.
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson has released a document explaining the finer details (photo: PA Images)

Here we look at the seven things you can now do which you couldn't during the peak of the coronavirus lockdown.

1) Return to work if you are unable to work from home

Those who have been able to work from home should continue to do so, but if you cannot work from home and your workplace is open, it is advised that you go in while adhering to the social distancing measures. Sectors of the economy that are allowed to be open should be open. This includes food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and scientific research in laboratories, said Boris Johnson as he actively encouraged workers to go back. The exceptions to this are those workplaces such as hospitality and non-essential retail which must remain closed for now.

2) Use a childminder or nanny for childcare

In order to help parents return to work, the government have made it clear that childminders and nannies can work again, subject to being able to meet the public health principles which are outlined in the 50-page plan

3) Allow more vulnerable children to return to school

Schools are due to reopen slowly in the next few weeks, though it is unlikely that secondary school children will return this academic year. However, in the document, it has been noted that there is a large societal benefit from vulnerable children, or the children of critical workers, attending school: local authorities and schools should therefore urge more children who would benefit from attending in person to do so as only around 

4) Spend unlimited time outside

Previous guidelines stated that you could exercise once a day. These have now been updated to inform the public that exercise is limitless, outdoor sports are acceptable and sunbathing is fine - as long as you remain two metres away from people outside of your household. People are actively encouraged to get out and about to improve physical and mental well being.

5) Meet with ONE person from outside of your household, as long as you are outdoors

The rules of spending more time outside are subject to not meeting up with more than one person from outside your household while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Good hand hygiene also remains essential. This means you could take a picnic to the park and sit two metres away from a member of your extended family, or a friend, provided it is just the two of you.

6) You can drive to outdoor spaces

If you wanted to walk around Nene Park instead of your local area, you are now allowed to do so. Though it is essential to do so in a responsible way. Visits to the beach are also allowed but you should execrise caution driving to Wales, Scotland or Ireland as they have not adopted the same guidelines.

7) Watch football on TV

It has been stated that sports will be able to continue behind closed doors. Football matches will be able to resume and will be filmed for viewers but crowds will not return to stadiums.

We will be receiving further guidance from Prime Minister Boris Johnson throughout the week.