Sunday 28th February 2021 - Belle Gait
What does the most recent easing of Coronavirus restrictions mean for the antiques and auction industry?
The long-anticipated announcement from number 10 finally came on Monday 22nd March in the form of a 'roadmap.' Prime Minister Boris Johnson listed major dates and a detailed plan that the government hoped to follow to regain a sense of normality across the country. So, what are these key dates and steps to be aware of?
This means that students in both schools and further education can return to face-to-face tutelage, and parents can finally step away from their most recent career as home-school teachers!
This includes other activities for all children that enable parents to work.
These no longer have to be a brisk socially-distanced walk. You can now sit down for a drink or a picnic together as well. This is in addition to the permitted daily outdoor exercise.
This includes outdoor organized sport, golf courses (even mini putt), tennis and basketball, riding arenas, and even shooting ranges.
No earlier than 12th April (if this step is delayed, then all subsequent steps will also be pushed back)
In addition to Step 1:
This will be for individual use or within household circles but not groups and can include swimming pools, dance studios, and climbing wall centres.
Finally! We can run down the barber or the nail salon and groom the lockdown dishevelment, although the steam room and sauna will have to wait!
This includes auction houses! In all the venues, indoor events that bring people together - even if they do not mix with other households - must not run until Step 3.
These premises can serve alcohol, and you no longer have to have a "substantial meal" alongside that pint or G&T.
This could include outdoor antiques or art fairs.
No earlier than 17th May
In addition to Steps 1 & 2 and while continuing to follow Rule of 6 or two households while indoors and a maximum of 30 people outdoors:
This will include, but is not limited to, bingo halls, casinos, concert halls, water and aqua parks, and indoor attractions at landmarks, including observation wheels, etc.
These must comply with COVID-Secure guidance, taking reasonable steps to reduce the risk of transmission. A risk assessment must be completed, and social contact limits must be adhered to.
No earlier than 21st June
In addition to all business already outlines, the hope is to reopen nightclubs, adult entertainment, and similar venues. This would also mean lifting the remaining Step 3 restrictions on social contact and large events.
The government will also consider relaxing the COVID-Secure requirements on businesses; however, this would be subject to review.
This means that the most important dates for auctioneers and antique enthusiasts alike to be aware of are 12th April and 17th May; or Steps 2 and 3. Of course, whilst we’re sure you cannot wait for the world to reopen, these dates are subject to review and can be delayed. Until then, our live online bidding platform has got you covered! The platform is completely COVID-secure, and our auctioneers offer delivery or click and collect! Check it all out here.