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But hopefully that’s just the first of the big dates on the way – and with every one comes a bit more normal life and getting back to the things we love doing.
With all those re-openings happening over the next couple of months, providing everything goes to plan, there’s loads to look forward to.
Here are a few things to get excited about and when we should be OK to do them again …
Home school is officially ending as all students can return to school and college from 8 March. Wraparound care can resume too, including after school clubs.
Apart from being able to reclaim the wifi with the kids safely back in class, we can meet one other person outside and not just for a walk….for a coffee. And on a bench! OK, it doesn’t seem like much but if you throw in a cheeky takeaway pastry from somewhere like Rough Hand Made at the Albert Dock then it could still feel like a proper treat.
From today the rule of six returns and you can meet mates/ family in groups of six outside in parks or private gardens.
If you fancy making it a bit special, why not order an afternoon tea to share outdoors? Places like Mrs Danvers café in the Port of Liverpool, Cuthbert’s Bakehouse on Mount Pleasant and The Little Shoe on Bold Street do amazing ones for delivery.
Outdoor tennis courts can reopen from March 29 and Sefton Park and Princes Park have courts which you can use for free. In Sefton there’s three right by the kids play area and Princes has got six. Book in advance here.
We can get out in the garden again, so surely it’s not too early to dig out the barbecue, throw on some burgers and have a few mates round? Maybe go all out, just the six of you, by ordering in some cocktails – places like Berry & Rye and East River will deliver – or check out more options on our directory here.
OK, you can’t have a full team yet, or even five-a-side, but you can still get six together for a kickabout.
The Biennial is back in Liverpool from March 20-June 6, postponed from last year, so look out for outdoor artworks popping up around the city. More info here.
Today is a big day as outdoor hospitality reopens with beer gardens and dockside dining returning to the city. But we also welcome back Liverpool’s amazing shops, salons and gyms.
Tables are going to be like gold-dust come April 12, but if the weather’s nice then one of Liverpool’s beer gardens will be the perfect place to get the drinks in and hopefully celebrate getting to the next stage of reopenings. Two households and the rule of six still applies.
The likes of Liverpool ONE, MetQuarter, St. John’s and Bold Street will all welcome back their stores with safety measures in place. Go sort that summer wardrobe!
Loads of restaurants have done up, or added, outdoor seating areas over the past 12 months so there’s plenty to choose from. Castle Street and Bold Street are an obvious place to head – even the legendary Tabac is getting out to serve in the sunshine from April 12!
After all that homeschooling, days out with the kids are back on if they’re an outdoor attraction so that makes Knowsley Safari perfect. They’ve reopened their online booking so get yourself a slot here.
We’ve got great rooftop bars in Liverpool, giving amazing views across the city, and because they’re outside they should all be able to open from April 12. PINS Social Club on Duke Street is getting ready to welcome everyone back from then for drinks and some outdoor ping pong and shuffleboard.
Pamper yourself with a spa date
Retail therapy is back on with all the shops open, and hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons can all open up again too from April 12 which is a massive relief for everyone desperate to get their hair, nails and lashes done. Spas should also be allowed to reopen and Chill Out at Knowsley Hall is one of those aiming to have pampering treatments on offer again then. More info here.
Not everyone’s missed the gym, it’s been a good excuse to not do so much exercise, but from April 12 they can reopen for anyone who’s keen to get themselves back in shape. You never know, there might be a beach day happening soon. The lads at Absolute Body Solutions have got you covered . More info here.
Another huge date for your diary as today is the day that indoor dining and drinking return with many of our pubs and restaurants reopening. We could also see indoor attractions opening with the likes of Museum fo Liverpool, Beatles Story, Tate and the BME back in action.
At long last, restaurants can open up and get us all back inside – just remember it’s still rule of six or two households. Time to show Liverpool’s indies some love if you can, they’ve really missed you.
All going well this is also the date we can return to the skies, and more importantly to the beach! If the government allow May 17 is the earliest that international holidays can return which will mean long-overdue drinks at the Liverpool John Lennon Airport Kissing Gate.
Hotels could also reopen today with the likes of Titanic Hotel Liverpool, Hotel Indigo, Pullman Liverpool, Lock and Key on Duke Street and the Hope Street Hotel all taking bookings.
The Knowsley Social will bring big name artists including M People’s Heather Small, Danny Rampling, Bongo’s Bingo and Liverpool Disco Festival to a big top of socially-distanced pods in Knowsley Safari for nine weeks from May 20. More info and ticket bookings here.
Discover restaurants you might not have been to before and keep up all those steps you managed in lockdown by going on the Foodie Family Walking Tour which takes in indie food and drink places. You also get to learn a bit about the city while you walk!
We’ve missed being able to do fabulous things in our city but from May 17, as well as the galleries and museums, theatres and cinemas hopefully opening up again, we’ll be able to go to attractions like the incredible Royal Liver Building 360 experience. Book here.
Could it really all be over? Keeping fingers, toes, everything crossed for all our restaurants, bars, clubs, venues and festivals to give us an unbelievable summer.
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