COUNCIL bosses have set out a Barnsley-centric roadmap as the national lockdown will begin to be eased from Monday.

The focus of the roadmap is to plan for the safe reopening of the local economy whilst keeping infection rates low.

Currently, 53 per cent of Barnsley's population has received the coronavirus vaccine and the infection rate stands at 111.4 confirmed cases per 100,000 people.

This is a decrease from last week's figure which stood at 161 cases per 100,000 people.

From Monday (April 12) the town centre and high streets across the borough will reopen, as will hairdressers and personal care businesses such as nail salons.

Barnsley Markets and stalls at Hoyland, Wombwell and Penistone markets will be allowed to trade.

All Barnsley library sites, with the exception of Priory Campus which is being used as a vaccination centre, will reopen with limited hours.

Barnsley Premier Leisure gyms and swimming pools as well as pubs and restaurants will be permitted to bring back customers.

From April 15, council bosses also hope to begin the vaccine roll-out for 18 to 49-year-olds.

Sarah Norman, chief executive of Barnsley Council, said: “I would like to thank everyone in Barnsley for continuing to follow the guidance, as together we can stay safe, protect others and get our lives back.

“We’re doing everything we can as a council and through our work with partners, to support our residents and businesses across the borough.

“The Barnsley roadmap gives more detailed information on what people can expect to see and access as we continue to see restrictions ease and enjoy more freedom on our journey out of lockdown.

“It’s crucial that we do this in a safe and well-managed way. That’s why it’s so important for everyone to follow all the guidance in place and carry on with the basics of wearing a face covering when required, keeping a safe distance apart from people we do not live with, and continuing to regularly wash or sanitise our hands to reduce the spread of Covid-19.”