Further easing of Covid-19 restrictions

Further easing of Covid-19 restrictions

Under the government’s roadmap, from 17 May more lockdown restrictions have been eased, including:

  • Indoor hospitality and indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas, museums and children’s play areas, can reopen.
  • Up to six people or two households will be able to meet indoors and up to 30 people can meet outdoors.
  • All remaining outdoor entertainment can reopen, including outdoor cinemas and performances.
  • Some larger events will be able to take place, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events, subject to restrictions on the number of attendees as set out in the roadmap.
  • The public will be asked to make informed, personal decisions on close contact with friends and family members, such as hugging.
  • Covid-secure rules remain for workplaces and businesses, including in shops and hospitality venues.
  • International travel can begin to safely reopen, with people able to travel to ‘green’ list countries. Strict border control measures will remain in place, including pre-departure tests and a PCR Covid test on or before day two of arrival back in the UK.
  • Face coverings will no longer be needed in classrooms or for students in communal areas in secondary schools and colleges.
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events including wakes, as well as standalone life-cycle events. These can take place outdoors or at any indoor Covid secure venue permitted to open.
  • Organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors and saunas and steam rooms may reopen.
  • Care homes residents will be able to have up to five named visitors, with two visitors able to attend at once provided they are tested and follow infection control measures. Residents will also have greater freedoms to leave their home without having to isolate on their return.

Full details of the changes can be found online.

Step 4 of the roadmap is due to take place no earlier than 21 June, with further details expected to be available at the end of May.


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