There is no question that Bridgnorth is Springing back to life this month after we enter stage 2 of easing the Lockdown.
A sign of hope and better days to come?
Businesses are reopening, more people out shopping and contributing to the local economy whilst the days are getting longer and the weather is picking up.
A long awaited scene after a long but necessary lockdown, its nice to see everyones moral lifting and strengthening.
Covid Marshalls in Town
We now have Covid Marshalls in Bridgnorth to ensure social distancing rules are followed.
Covid Marshalls do not have any Powers so they cannot enforce any rules.
The idea is for Covid marshals to advise and support members of the public and businesses on following social distancing rules.
They cannot enforce the rules, but it is hoped they will take some pressure off police and council officers, who do have powers.
How they support:
- Helping businesses manage queues
- Supporting social distancing in crowded public areas
- Reminding people to wear a face covering when necessary
- Assisting with regular cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces
During lockdown Bridgnorth has seen a few Businesses shut down but there have been a few new additions too.
There are also New Businesses that had to shut when the 3rd lockdown came into force but they will be reopening soon.
The Severn Valley Railway is now Open
The Bridgnorth Cliff Railway is expected to reopen on the 19th of April
The 2 remaining stages for easing the lockdown are as follows:
Stage 3 (17th of May 2021)
- Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted, but gatherings of more than 30 will be illegal
- Indoors, the rule of six or a larger group of up to two households will be allowed
- Indoor hospitality – pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, concert halls, children play areas, hotels, B&Bs, indoor exercise classes – will be allowed
- Advice on social distancing between family and friends, including hugging, will be updated no later than 17 May
- Large indoor performances and sporting events with a capacity of 1,000 people will be allowed
- Outdoor large performances and sporting events will have a maximum capacity of 4,000 people or must only be half full, whichever is lower
- Bigger sports stadiums will be allowed 10,000 people or can only be a quarter full, whichever is lower
- Testing will be used to support these openings
- Weddings, wedding receptions, wakes, funerals and christenings will be allowed with 30 people
- Remaining university students to return to campus, with new home testing kits to be provided to increase testing uptake and help limit virus transmission
Stage 4 (21st June 2021)
- All legal limits on social contact removed
- Government hopes to reopen nightclubs and lift restrictions on large events such as festivals
- Testing could be used as a condition of entry
- Ministers hope to remove restrictions on weddings
There will be no regional tier systems – England will be treated as one in the easing of lockdown.
Note: Some Businesses that have reopened are recruiting at the moment so please check the Jobs page if you are interested.