INDOOR hospitality and mixed households will return next Monday, when the Prime Minister announces: “Your efforts have borne fruit”.
At today’s press conference, Boris Johnson announced that the country will take the third step of the “ road map ” to get out of lockdown on May 17.
This follows the downgrade of the UK’s Covid-19 Alert Level from Level 4 to Level 3 after a steady decline in cases, hospital admissions and deaths.
Currently, indoor hospitality and indoor mixing are not allowed and groups of up to six from different households can meet outdoors, but that will change next week.
Here’s everything you need to know about the changes coming on May 17th.
– How do the rules of social contact change?
People will have the individual choice to socially distance themselves from close friends and family from different households, meaning loved ones will be allowed to kiss for the first time in over a year.
But the government is urging people to remain “cautious” about the risks of close personal contact and to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable to serious illnesses from the virus than others.
Wider social distancing rules will remain in place in adult social services, healthcare, retail, hospitality and businesses.
– What outdoor activities will be allowed?
As summer approaches, Brits will be able to meet outdoors in groups of no more than 30 people.
The government’s roadmap advises people to “decide on the appropriate level of risk for their situation” when arranging a meeting.
– What about life events?
Up to 30 people will be able to come together to celebrate weddings, receptions, revivals and religious ceremonies like bar mitzvahs and baptisms.
The government will also lift the cap on the number of people attending the funeral, depending on how many people can be safely accommodated at the premises.
– Will the performances and sporting events resume?
May 17 will mark the return of theaters and indoor sports arenas, with a maximum capacity of 1,000 people.
Outdoor arenas will be able to host live events with a maximum number of 4,000 participants, or for large outdoor venues where crowds can be distributed, up to 10,000.
– Are there any changes in education and work?
Yes. All university students in England can return to campus next week for in-person instruction, those returning are expected to get tested twice a week for the remainder of the summer term.
Face masks for students will no longer be recommended in classrooms or common areas of high schools and colleges.
Meanwhile, government councils continue to advise employees to work from home where they can.
– Is it safe to book a vacation abroad?
The current ban on overseas vacations will be lifted on May 17 and the PM previously announced Green List countries to which Britons would be allowed to travel without having to self-quarantine, provided they pass a test after their arrival.
Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands – as well as several small remote islands that are British Overseas Territories are currently on this list.
In England, all remaining accommodation, including hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts, may reopen, with domestic overnight stays allowed in groups of 6 or two households.