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Enjoy yourself safely, when lockdown eases on Monday

08 April 2021

Enjoy yourself safely and keep following the rules when shops, libraries and other venues start to reopen from Monday.

That’s the message from Norfolk County Council, after the Government confirmed the next step of its roadmap out of lockdown can take place on 12 April.

This means non-essential shops, libraries, gyms, hairdressers, self-catering accommodation and other venues can reopen (for the full list, see the background section).

Diane Steiner, Norfolk’s deputy director of public health, said: “We’re all looking forward to the next step out of lockdown.

“If we want this to run smoothly, we need to keep following the rules – washing your hands, keeping your distance, only meeting people outside and observing the rule of six people or two families.”

Norfolk’s current Covid case rate is 22 per 100,000, down from 38.1 the previous week.

The Government has announced the expansion of free, rapid testing and is encouraging everyone to take part – especially as one in three people with Covid have no symptoms.

Diane Steiner said: “If you have access to testing through workplaces, schools or community testing, we would encourage you to take it up. “Regular testing will help us to find those one-in-three people who have Covid without any symptoms, which will help stop transmission.”

Norfolk County Council’s libraries will reopen in two phases over the next fortnight. For further details, see the background section.


Current Covid figures for Norfolk:

  • Area Name Case rate per 100,000 all ages Case rate per 100,000 all ages previous week Change in all age case rate (%) Case rate per 100,000 60+ Case rate per 100,000 60+ previous week Change in 60+ case rate (%)
  • Norfolk 22.0 38.1 -42.2 3.9 6.4 -39.1
  • East of England 28.3 43.2 -34.5 8.0 11.4 -29.8
  • England 38.6 55.3 -30.2 12.8 18.1 -29.3
  • Breckland 28.6 78.6 -63.6 2.3 11.3 -79.6
  • Broadland 40.5 42.8 -5.4 9.5 4.7 102.1
  • Great Yarmouth 8.1 15.1 -46.7 3.3 0.0 null
  • King's Lynn and West Norfolk 27.1 42.9 -36.9 4.0 16.1 -75.2
  • North Norfolk 8.6 21.9 -60.9 2.3 4.6 -50
  • Norwich 12.1 38.4 -68.5 0.0 3.7 -100
  • South Norfolk 22.7 16.3 39.1 4.7 0.0 null

Lockdown route map

Government guidance, from 12 April:

  • Non-essential retail will be able to reopen
  • Personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • Outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
  • Most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
  • Some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • Indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • 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)

For full details of how the rules will change on 12 April see the GOV.UK website.

Norfolk County Council has produced a toolkit of advice for businesses which are reopening on the 12th.


  • As lockdown restrictions gradually ease, we all need to play our part to keep each other safe and have a steady return towards a more normal way of life. By getting tested twice a week, people can help to prevent the spread of infection. Regular testing will help to find cases that would otherwise have gone undetected
  • Up to one in three people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms and could be spreading the virus without knowing it
  • Symptom free rapid Covid testing at home is available from 9 April. Tests are free, fast and easy to use and you can easily report test results online
  • You can pick up test kits at a range of venues, including pharmacies and some libraries. You can find a full map via the GOV.UK website. If you are unable to pick them up you can also arrange for home delivery via the GOV.UK website or by calling 119
  • Anyone with symptoms should book a PCR test or call 119. Anyone who has a positive lateral flow test at home also needs to have this confirmed with a follow-up PCR test

For further details on testing, see the GOV.UK website.

Libraries reopen their doors

Norfolk’s libraries will begin welcoming people through their doors from next week, as the service continues to move towards normality. Library users will now be able to browse the shelves and book a computer session, building on the ‘select and collect’ style services already on offer.

27 locations will open up during the week of 12 April, with the remaining 20 libraries following suit from 19 April.

Each library will have a range of safety measures in place including a one-way system to allow for social distancing and hand sanitiser available to use on the way in and out of the library.

Customers will also be asked to wear face coverings unless they are exempt.

Items borrowed from the library will continue to be renewed automatically until further notice. Library users will be able to return items via the drop boxes and self-service kiosks at each library and returned items will be quarantined for up to 72 hours.

The mobile library service will also resume from 12 April.

Full details and opening times will be available on the Libraries section of our website from Monday.

Services available at reopened libraries

  • Browsing and borrowing: Following a one-way system, customers can find the books they want and check them out on their phone using the Spydus app, or use the self-service kiosk
  • Select and collect: Pre-order a selection of up to ten books for adults by using the online form at or phone 01603 774777. Books will be available within three working days (Monday to Friday), or the first day the library is open after that
  • Grab & Go book bags: Each bag contains a pre-selected collection of books. You can check out the entire bag at once using the self-service kiosk
  • Computer sessions: One slot per person per day which can be booked by calling 01603 774777. Computer stations will be cleaned between sessions
  • Returns: Either posted through the drop-box or via self-service kiosks
  • Tricky Period / Toiletries to Go
  • Reservations
  • Census support until 4 June at designated sites which can be booked by calling 01603 774777
  • Existing digital offer: This includes eBooks, audiobooks, online newspapers and magazines, online groups (eg bounce and rhyme, virtual reading groups)

Libraries open from 12 April

Acle, Attleborough, Aylsham, Caister, Cromer, Dereham, Diss, Downham Market, Earlham, Fakenham, Gaywood, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Hellesdon, Hunstanton, Kings Lynn, Loddon, NML, North Walsham, Plumstead Road, Poringland, Reepham, Sheringham, Swaffham, Thetford, Wroxham, Wymondham.

Libraries open from 19 April

Blofield, Brundall, Costessey, Dersingham, Harleston, Hethersett, Hingham*, Holt, Long Stratton, Martham, Mile Cross, Mundesley, Sprowston, St Williams Way, Stalham, Taverham, Tuckswood, Watton, Wells, West Earlham,

*Only open for existing ‘at the door’ service

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