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Shops and outdoor hospitality reopens in Exeter

Published: 12 April 2021

Exeter set to welcome back shoppers Exeter set to welcome back shoppers

Non-essential retail has reopened in Exeter, together with outdoor hospitality venues with table service only.

Masks or face coverings must be worn in shops and social distancing should be observed at all times.

Personal care premises including hairdressers and nail salons have also reopened.

Customers can enjoy food and drink outside, as long as businesses ensure:

  • If alcohol is usually sold for consumption on the premises, food or drink must be ordered by, and served to, customers who are seated outdoors. Businesses need to take all reasonable steps to ensure customers remain seated whilst eating or drinking
  • If the business doesn’t sell alcohol, it needs to make sure that customers remain seated outdoors whilst eating or drinking. Customers are allowed inside to order and/or pay for their food and drink

Toilets, baby changing and breast feeding rooms can all remain open.

Businesses putting up a marquee or other temporary structure should ensure that at least half of its sides are removed.

Indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble.

The Council is now welcoming back leisure members to our leisure centres.

The following facilities are available for individual and household groups:

  • Gym sessions at Riverside, Wonford and Isca
  • Lane swimming at Pyramids and Northbrook
  • Family bubble swims at Pyramids
  • Racket sports at Riverside and Wonford
  • Indoor Bowls at Isca

The booking system is now open to start booking your sessions via the Exeter Leisure App, which can be downloaded from:

Outdoor play areas are open. Skate parks, tennis courts and basketball courts are open. Tennis courts will be for singles and doubles play only.

Fencing has been removed at the skate parks – but only six people are permitted at any one time.

The Government has also announced:

  • All childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies
  • Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • Self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • You should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
  • Care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)

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