Covid19 – Government Roadmap

The next stage of the government’s roadmap out of Covid 19 will be announced on or about 17 May.  The current information is that the government will hope to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family, giving individuals more freedom in deciding on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.  This means that most restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted but gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors the rule of 6 or 2 households will continue to apply but the government will keep this under review.  The government also hopes to update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, people outside their immediate household or support bubble, including hugging.

Also, under this stage hospitality venues will be able to open fully, with restaurants and bars being allowed to serve people indoors.  There will be some restrictions that remain in place for these venues and, hopefully, this will be made clear on 17 May.  Cinemas, hotels, hostels, B&Bs and indoor adult groups sports and exercise classes will be permitted to open, again subject to some restrictions with regard to social distancing.  Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes.  This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events.

National Trust and English Heritage

National Trust and English Heritage have followed government guidelines throughout the pandemic, so it is fairly safe to assume that they will continue to do so.  Both plan to open their properties fully from 17 May, permitting people access to the interiors of their buildings and reopening their cafes.  It is not sure if bookings will still be required and it would be prudent to check their websites before visiting to ensure that all the facilities normally provided are available.

Walsall National Trust Association

This will be the final monthly newsletter from us and we would like to thank all of you who have provided us with articles and suggestions.  Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading them.  We are planning to start returning to normality by holding an afternoon meeting, with a speaker, in September and further information about this will be forwarded to you all nearer the date.  This information will also be available on our WNTA website. So, once again, thank you for helping to make the newsletter a success and we hope to see you all in September.

Click on the link below to read Lilian Turner’s article on Packwood and Baddesley.