Lockdown roadmap: Everything you can do in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford from April 12 as Boris Johnson confirms lockdown easing to continue

The second phase of lockdown easing is set to go ahead as planned on April 12, it has been confirmed. But what changes will come into place?

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 4:24 pm
This is everything you'll be allowed to do in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford from Monday, April 12. What are you most looking forward to?

This is everything you'll be allowed to do in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford from Monday, April 12. What are you most looking forward to?

In line with changes made last month, people will still be allowed to meet outside, with up to six people or two households meeting at a time. But they should not meet or socialise in indoor settings.
Parks and attractions across the district will reopen from Monday. Pontefract Castle grounds and toilets will remain open, though the cafe will serve takeaway food and drink only. The shop will re-open on 13 April. Sandal Castle grounds will remain open. The Castle Café has now re-opened and is open 9.30 am – 2.30 pm, Friday to Monday. The café will be closed Tuesday to Thursday. Country parks will stay open, with the cafe at Pugneys serving takeaway food and drink only.
From Monday, April 12, personal care premises, including hairdressers and nail salons, will be allowed to reopen. Pictured is Oliver Dean hair and beauty in Wakefield.
Public buildings, including libraries and community centres, will also be allowed to reopen when phase two of of the easing arrives. Wakefield Council has confirmed that services at all libraries will reopen from Monday.
Outdoor venues including zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will also be allowed to reopen under step 2. Castleford's Diggerland Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park are among the local attractions to have confirmed plans to reopen as soon as step 2 is reached.
Restaurants and pubs can start serving customers outdoors, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol, and no curfew. However, people will have to order, eat and drink while seated, and should only dine with members of their household or social bubble.
From Monday, all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors and outdoors for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors for up to 15 people, with children under 5 not counted as part of this number.
Wakefield Council markets will reopen to all traders from Monday, April 12. Markets in Wakefield, South Elmsall, Pontefract, Ossett, Normanton and Castleford will be allowed to reopen.
All non-essential retail will also be allowed to reopen from Monday, with shops across Wakefield and the Five Towns allowed to welcome customers for the first time in more than three months.
From April 12, care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits, providing they take a lateral flow test before visiting.
Indoor leisure and sports facilities will reopen for individual exercise, but people should not socialise with those who are not part of their household or bubble. The new Five Towns Leisure Centre in Pontefract Park will also open to the public for the first time, with existing members allowed to attend. The centre will begin taking new members from May 1.
Self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England from Monday, with people allowed to stay at such venues with their household or support bubble.
Funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15 in venues that are permitted to open, dependent on the size of the venue. Registrars' services remain open for appointments only to register a birth or give notice of a marriage or civil partnership. Death registration appointments will continue via telephone.