Every year there are celebration days for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, for people to give thanks to the mother and father figures in their lives. In some countries the dates vary, but for the UK Father’s Day is just around the corner.
Father’s Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world, with the aim of honoring fatherhood and paternal ties, as well as the influence of fathers in society.
Each country has its own traditions for celebrating Father’s Day, this day being a recognized public holiday in Lithuania and parts of Spain.
In South Korea, the day is rather celebrated as Parents’ Day.
In the UK, gifts are often shared, father figures visited, and barbecues or family outings.
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Variations of this in other countries include:
- Austria and Belgium – Celebration on the second Sunday in June (June 13, 2021)
- Denmark – June 5, 2021
- Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand – First Sunday in September
Will lockout restrictions be in place during Father’s Day?
For those who want to spend time with the father figures in their lives, this is good news when it comes to coronavirus restrictions.
Although some restrictions remain, people in England are allowed to meet indoors in a group of up to six people, or a group of any size made up of two households. This includes overnight stays.
For larger groups, you are allowed to meet outdoors in a group of no more than 30 people.
Brits can also stay in hotels, hostels and B & Bs in England if they wish.
Restaurants, bars and pubs can serve groups of six or two homes of any size, with groups of up to 30 allowed outside.
Theme parks, cinemas and zoos have also been allowed to open.
However, the government is calling on Britons to be reasonable and stay home and organize a Covid test if they show symptoms.
If you live in the following areas, restrictions apply on travel, indoor meetings, and social distancing.
- Bedford Borough Council
- Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- Kirklees Council
- Lancashire County Council
- Ribble Valley
- Ribble South
- West Lancashire
- Leicester City Council
- London Borough of Hounslow
- North Tyneside Council
This is due to the increased levels of the Delta variant, which is highly transmissible.
Residents of the above areas should
- Meet outside rather than inside if possible
- Stay two meters away from people you don’t live with (unless you’ve formed a supportive bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with
- Minimize travel inside and outside affected areas
They are also asked to
- Get tested for free twice a week and isolate yourself if you are positive
- Continue to work from home if you can
- Get vaccinated when offered to you and encourage others to do so too