Send us your happy returns to the things and people you love as lockdown eases in Aylesbury
The success of the vaccination programme and the resolve of the public in following the rules has helped cut infection rates and reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England is now in place as we all look forward to getting slowly and carefully back to normal life.
As society tentatively opens up, the Bucks Herald wants to be with our readers every step of the way.
We want to hear your positive stories about how you/your family, your business, your club/society or maybe your sports team is re-emerging from the restrictions that have made the past year so challenging.
It might be news of a business relaunching, your youth sports team resuming its matches, or how your school is coping with the ongoing challenges.
Maybe your club or society is ditching Zoom and looking to meet face-to-face again, or there’s a family reunion or celebration that can finally go ahead.
This is a great chance to tell your story over the coming weeks and months.
Submit 100-300 words to this newspaper on how the pandemic has had an impact, how you’ve kept going and most importantly news of your ‘Happy Return’ when it’s deemed safe.
We would also love to receive photos of those joyful reunions/reopenings
Please send all details to [email protected]
Here’s a reminder of the roadmap to a brighter future, which is dependant on:
> The coronavirus vaccine programme staying on track
> Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying or needing hospital treatment
> Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions
> New variants do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions.
Since Monday, outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households are allowed, including in private gardens.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts reopened and organised adult and children’s sport, such as grassroots football, can also return.
From April 12, non-essential retail, hairdressers and public buildings like libraries and museums can open.
Also, outdoor settings like alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos and theme parks can welcome visitors. Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms can open.
Self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering lets and camp sites, can take bookings. Funerals can continue with up to 30 people, and weddings with up to 15 guests.