Update from GOV.UK – Blackburn Restrictions

Restrictions in Blackburn with Darwen

The government has published details of the delay to the easing of lockdown restrictions in Blackburn with Darwen.

You can find more information about temporary restrictions on the GOV.UK website here, or for more information on closing certain businesses, click here.

It confirms that to control the spread of coronavirus in Blackburn with Darwen, the government has agreed with the local authority that the following facilities within the local authority area will not reopen on 25 July:

  • indoor gyms
  • indoor fitness and dance studios
  • indoor sports courts and facilities
  • indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks

It also states that they do not expect the changes planned nationally for 1 August to take effect in Blackburn with Darwen. This would mean:

  • guidance on working from home would stay the same
  • casinos, indoor skating rinks, bowling alleys and exhibition halls and conference centres would remain closed

In addition, Blackburn with Darwen is excluded from planned changes to government guidance to come into effect after 25 July. For example, from 1 August the government will advise that groups of up to 30 can attend sit-down wedding receptions, and that indoor live performances such a plays may go ahead. This advice will not apply to Blackburn with Darwen.

Further, in Blackburn with Darwen the advice to shield remains in place.  

All businesses that have already been permitted to open, can remain open in Blackburn with Darwen.  These measures must be formally reviewed by 8 August and every 14 days after that.

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

You can now find out which businesses are registered to take part in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme here.

We will be promoting Blackburn town centre businesses which are taking part in the 50% discount scheme across social media, the BID website and the Experience Blackburn App.  If you haven’t yet registered you can do so here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-your-establishment-for-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme

Face Coverings to be worn in Courts

The government and Court Service are now asking that all court and tribunal users wear a face covering in their buildings in England.  You can ask a member of staff for a face covering if you need one, though they request that you bring your own.  You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a practical reason not to. For example:

  • you have disability or health issue that makes it difficult
  • wearing one will cause you severe distress
  • a deaf person you support needs to read your lips
  • you are eating, drinking or taking medicine.

Children under the age of 11 (in England) do not need to wear a face covering.  If you have a reason why you cannot wear a face covering, you may find it helpful to wear a lanyard with an exemption card or to carry an exemption card with you.  You may be asked to temporarily remove your face covering for identification purposes. If you are presenting evidence in the courtroom, the judge or magistrate may also ask you to take your face covering off temporarily.

Additional Safety Guidance for Regular Court Users

The Court Service have also issued additional safety guidance for regular Court Users, available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/903804/HMCTS_COVID-19_additional_safety_guidance_27_July_2020.pdf

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