On April 5th, the Government confirmed that the country can proceed with Step Two of the Government’s current recovery roadmap on April 12th. As this next stage will mean non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality and personal care premises can reopen on that date, Wiltshire Council has updated and reissued its guidance in particular for businesses once lockdown is eased.

From this date, as well as non-essential retail and personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons, indoor leisure facilities can reopen for use by people as individuals or in household groups. Most outdoor attractions, including outdoor hospitality venues, safari parks and drive-in cinemas can also open once again, while self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets may reopen so long as indoor facilities are not shared with other households.

Hospitality venues, including pubs, bars and restaurants, can serve people outdoors and with table service only from April 12th, and there is no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew.

Public buildings such as community centres can also reopen from April 12th, and several leisure centres and libraries in Wiltshire will reopen from this date. More information on opening times and specific restrictions at each council-owned site is available on the Wiltshire Council website:

It should also be kept in mind that, although April 12th is a significant date in the nation’s progress out of lockdown, everyone should continue to follow the ongoing guidance – everyone should continue to keep washing their hands; wear a face covering where appropriate; ensure they are effectively socially distancing; and, where possible, open windows and doors to let fresh air circulate.

Additionally, everyone must also stick to the ‘Rule of 6’ and not mix indoors with different households. It remains important to avoid cases rising once again, meaning having to take a step back on the roadmap.