Boris Johnson is set to announce plans to ease lockdown restrictions from 17th May as England continues on its roadmap out of lockdown and the Covid alert level moves from 4 to 3.
Changes from Monday 17th May in England..
The rules expected to be introduced from 17th May onwards are outlined below:
- People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
- Six people or two households can meet indoors
- Overnight stays allowed with people not in your household or bubble
- Advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging, will be updated
- Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
- Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart
- Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres and cinemas can open
- Performances and large events can restart, with limits on audience numbers
- Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
- Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
- Holidays abroad to green list countries allowed
- Up to 30 people can attend weddings and more than 30 can attend funerals
Addition of information for Step 3 of the roadmap. This includes:
- serving customers indoors
- updated social contact rules (gatherings of up to 30 people are permitted outdoors; gatherings of up to 6 people or 2 households of any size are permitted indoors)
- relaxation of rules around live performances, business events and soft play areas
Will everything be back to normal?
What are the plans across the UK?
There are some things you can do anywhere – although exact rules may differ between nations:
- All shops and retail outlets can open
- Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants can all serve food and drink outside
- Hairdressers, nail salons and other close contact services can open (appointment only in Scotland and Northern Ireland)
- Gyms and swimming pools are open for individual exercise
- You can travel freely between England, Scotland and Wales (but not Northern Ireland)
- You can stay in holiday cottages with members of your own household or bubble
- Driving lessons and tests have resumed
- Communal worship is allowed
- You can socialise with people from other households outdoors (numbers vary between nations)
- Most outdoor visitor attractions are able to open
- Weddings can take place (rules on guests – and receptions – vary)
- In England, Scotland and Wales, care home residents can have regular visits from two named people (rules differ in Northern Ireland)
The announcement from the Prime Minister is expected to be broadcast tonight (10.05.21) at 5pm. For further information on reopening, contact us on 0300 124 6866 or check out our Coronavirus Reopening Hub. For more information on the roadmap out of lockdown, visit Gov.uk.