Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the government was satisfied that the four tests used to determine whether lockdown restrictions can ease have been met.
The coronavirus infection rates are at their lowest since September 2020, and admissions to hospitals continue to decrease.
That means Step Three of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown can go ahead from tomorrow, Monday, May 17.
Indoor mixing and hugging will be on the cards again – and indoor entertainment will return.
However, the PM still urged cation, and the aim is for roadmap out of lockdown to be irreversible, so there are still things you can’t do.
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Indoor mixing will be allowed for up to six people from different households, or two households of any size.
In addition, overnight stays will be allowed in groups of up to six people, or two households.
Legal restrictions on outdoor meetings will also be eased, to allow gatherings of up to 30 people.
Brits will be allowed to hug each other once again, but the PM urged people use "common sense".
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The social distancing guidance will be updated to allow for more intimate contact between relatives and friends – but wider social distancing rules will remain in place.
That means you will still need to distance from people in public places, such as pubs and restaurants.
Indoor hospitality will return, and there will be no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol.
There will be no curfew, but there will still be a requirement for table service only.
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The "Rule of six" will remain in place in pubs, restaurants and other indoor hospitality settings.
Indoor entertainment venues, such as museums, cinemas and children's play areas will also be allowed to reopen.
The same goes for theatres, concert hall and conference centres. However, restrictions on the number of attendees will remain in place.
Covid-secure rules will also remain in place for all businesses. You'll be required to wear a face covering when not seated, there may be one way systems and other measures.
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All remaining accommodation is also permitted to reopen, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs.
Large events, including concerts and sports events will also be permitted from May 17, but there will be limits on capacity.
Up to 1,000 people, or 50% of a venue's capacity will be allowed to attend indoor events.
For outdoor events, the limit with be 4,000 people or 50% capacity – whichever is lower.
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The guidance will also change for weddings, receptions and commemorative events, which can have 30 attendees. These can take place outdoors or at any indoor Covid-secure venue.
Hugging will be allowed, but dancing and dance floors will still not be permitted.
For funerals, the cap on numbers will be lifted, but the actual number of attendees will be determined by how many the venue can accommodate with social distancing in place.
Organised adult sport and exercise classes can from tomorrow resume indoors, and saunas and steam rooms can reopen.
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Up to five named visitors will be allowed to visit care homes, with two able to attend at once provided they have been tested.
Care home residents will also have greater freedom to leave without having to isolate when they return.
And pupils at secondary school and colleges will no longer be required to wear face coverings in classrooms or communal areas.
From May 17 all remaining university students will be allowed to return to in-person teaching.
The ban on international travel for people in England will also be lifted. The traffic light system will determine whether Brits retiring from countries will need to quarantine.
The green, amber and red lists for travel has already been announced.
Night clubs will remain shut until the next stage of the roadmap, with the government hoping this can happen from June 21.
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