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To view the rules on new lockdown procedures, please click on the link below:


In summary:

The Rule of Six is set to return in public outdoor spaces and private gardens on 29 March.

Groups of larger than six from a maximum of two households will also be allowed to meet.

Outdoor sport and leisure facilities, such as golf courses and tennis courts, will be allowed to reopen, and organised outdoor sport can resume for children and adults.

Outdoor parent and child groups will be allowed, with up to 15 parents.

This will complete the first step of the roadmap, with step two due to start on 12 April.

Before each new stage, the Government will review data assessing the impact of the previous step against four tests.

These tests are:

  1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
  2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  4. Government assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of concern

Step-by-step lockdown roadmap

Step 1

  • From 8 March: All schools will open with outdoor after-school sports and activities allowed. Socialising in an outdoor public spaces – such as a park – will be allowed between two people
  • From 29 March: Return of the “Rule of Six”: Groups of larger than six from a maximum of two households will also be allowed to meet. Outdoor sport and leisure facilities, such as golf courses and tennis courts, will be allowed to reopen, and organised outdoor sport can resume for children and adults

Step 2 – From 12 April

  • All non-essential retail can reopen
  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes can reopen, with outdoor seating only
  • Gyms and other indoor leisure can reopen (limited to household groups)
  • Hairdressers and other personal care businesses can open again
  • Domestic holidays can resume (limited to household groups)
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos and theme parks can reopen
  • Weddings and wakes can have up to 15 people
  • Libraries and community centres can reopen
  • All children’s activities can resume, including indoor parent and children groups with up to 15 parents
  • Tests will be conducted for larger events

Step 3 – From 17 May 

  • Rules of Six will come into effect indoors (subject to review)
  • Indoor seating can resume in pubs and restaurants
  • Indoor entertainment venues like cinemas and theatres can reopen
  • Domestic overnight stays can resume
  • Organised indoor adult sport can start again
  • Weddings and other “significant life events” can include up to 30 people
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as performances, can resume
  • Remaining accommodation can reopen

Step 4 – From 21 June

  • Larger events can resume
  • Night clubs can reopen
  • No legal limits on social contact

Suffolk Police update 

We’ve been contacted by the Police team at Bury with regards to the current chalk markings etc, and have been asked to relay the following information. The police are taking this very seriously. They are working closely with all of the police teams across Suffolk and Cambridge and Essex.

Whilst it has mainly been kennels that have been targeted, there have been incidents of dogs being taken from regular homes with easy access to their gardens. So far, the chalk markings are still a mystery, and they are trying hard to gather evidence of people doing this in action. Chalk markings etc are notorious methods for thieves and they are not to be ignored. Wipe them away immediately and report it. They are on the look out for 3, possibly 4, vehicles: A new style white Transit Connect, Reg ending in XFG A Subaru Forester, black or very dark colour, Reg ending in EFM A smaller white van, Reg ending in YGW Another larger white van, unknown registration. These vehicles may well have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, but if you see a suspicious vehicle, just make a quick note of the registration number. These vehicles have all been mentioned in similar reports, but I'd like to reiterate, they may well be completely innocent delivery drivers etc. Police would also like you to make note of any 'rogue traders', such as knocking on the door and asking as to whether your driveway needs doing etc. Have they got a vehicle with them? How many people are in the vehicle?

If you have any signs on your property such as 'beware of the dog', consider taking it down. And finally, please PLEASE report any information you may have. It only takes 2 minutes to fill in the report form on the Suffolk website (link below). What you might think of as a very insignificant piece of information, may just well be the piece of the puzzle that the police have been looking for. Suspicious vehicle? Chalk markings? Rogue traders? Report it. They complemented Ixworth as a community for how active we have been at relaying information with each other and looking out for one another. Let's keep it that way. Pease share this with any other group you feel necessary.

Please click on the links below for advice from the Police on security:




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