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Lifting of lockdown restrictions: Monday has never felt so good…

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As we enter the second phase of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we can all finally treat ourselves to a new haircut, grabbing a bite to eat ‘al-fresco style’ with a friend, and browsing the high street for an updated summer wardrobe (despite the recent snow!).

Retail shops, hairdressers, salons, gyms and other non-essential stores can all re-open as of Monday 12th. Pubs and restaurants can also serve the public outside in beer gardens, with no need to order a “substantial meal” to be served. Choose your drinking partners wisely though, as government guidelines still highlight that only six people or two-households can meet as a group outside. But the wait is nearly over, and the lifting of restrictions this week is certainly a glimpse of the summer we have all been so desperately waiting for. We know it’s tricky to keep up to date with any and all changes, so make sure to regularly check-in with the government website for guidance.

We are well aware of the stresses that a year of lockdowns has had on our students, and so we want you to make the most of your new freedoms, particularly as we enter exam season. However if you are planning on meeting friends and taking advantage of the lifting of restrictions, make sure to be considerate of the community and environment. The scenes of littering, noise, and anti-social behaviour at Platt Field’s park over Easter weekend shouldn’t be repeated, and we encourage you to take care of our great city, as well as each other.

Make sure to check out what sports and leisure activities are also starting this week, as well as any outdoor meetings hosted by the Students’ Union and their societies. You can find this information on their individual Facebook pages, as well as on our Get active this April piece.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for more sun, and can’t wait to welcome you back to campus as soon as we are given more guidance from the government. For now, click here to find out what study spaces and library services are available on campus.

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