17th May lockdown easing, what are we allowed to do now?

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It’s a date many have been waiting for, Monday 17th May. Further lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

What are we allowed to do now?

Well, you can hug people that you don’t live with or are not in your support bubble, but caution is advised – the virus is still being transmitted.

Here’s a summary of other activities that are now allowed:

Socialising:

  • You can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors and overnight stays are allowed.
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other life events.
  • The number of people who can attend a funeral is no longer capped, but determined by the size of venue.
  • Up to 30 are allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives).
  • Care home residents can have up to five named visitors, and more freedom for external visits.
Leisure activities:
  • Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers indoors.
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas can open.
  • Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can all reopen.
  • Organised adult sports and exercise classes can start again indoors.
  • Steam rooms and saunas may reopen.
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open to visitors again.

If you’re visiting venues indoors you must still wear face coverings and follow guidance to keep everyone safe. For example, you must be seated in pubs, you cannot stand at the bar.

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