What you can and can't do in Sheffield as some lockdown meaures are eased today

From today, some coronavirus lockdown rules in England are changing.
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Here is what the changes will mean for those in Sheffield as schools re-open, more businesses are allowed to trade again and larger groups can meet up.

Some lockdown measures have been eased todaySome lockdown measures have been eased today
Some lockdown measures have been eased today

- Can I meet more people?

From today groups of six from separate households can meet, in outside spaces.

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This means that you can meet limited numbers of family and friends in gardens and parks, but you must continue to follow social distancing rules.

You can play sports with the people that you meet, but only if it is possible to keep a two-metre space between you, such as tennis or football.

- Will my children go to school?

Primary schools can begin to open for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from today.

Vulnerable children and children of key workers can still go to class, and teaching can start for older pupils in Year 10 and Year 12 in two weeks time, on Monday June 15.

- Will any more shops be open?

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Most non-essential shops will remain closed on Monday, but car showrooms and outdoor markets will be allowed to reopen.

Other non-essential shops can start to trade again from June 15.

- Can I go on a day out?

Day trips to outdoor spaces are allowed as long as you do not stay the night. While on a trip people have to maintain social distancing and hotels are still closed.

- Will there still be punishments for breaking the rules?

Yes, and fines for breaking the rules have been increased.

Penalties for a first offence are now set at £100, reduced to £50 if paid within two weeks, and double for every subsequent rule breach, up to £3,200.

- If I am shielding can I leave the house?

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From today, the two million people who have been shielding in England can now leave the house to spend time with people outdoors.

Those considered extremely vulnerable will be able to go outside with members of their household, while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.

And those who live alone can meet outside with one other person from another household, also adhering to social distancing guidelines.