The Next Steps out of Lockdown

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More restrictions are expected to be lifted from Monday 17 May in line with Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Here’s a summary of how the rules should change, as long as the four tests are met:

  • People should be able to meet up with others indoors, but the Rule of Six or two households will apply.
  • Domestic overnight stays should be allowed, as long as they follow the Rule of Six or two households. This means hotels, hostels, B&Bs and campsites with shared facilities could open.
  • Up to 30 people should be able to meet outdoors.
  • Indoor hospitality should reopen. Venues shouldn’t have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks, and there shouldn’t be a curfew.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions like cinemas and children’s play areas should be able to open, and indoor sports and exercise classes should restart.
  • Up to 30 people should be able to attend weddings, receptions, wakes, bar mitzvahs and christenings.
  • The legal limit on the number of mourners at funerals should be removed. Instead venues should determine how many people they can safely accommodate with social distancing.
  • Some larger indoor and outdoor events should be allowed. The Government is carrying out pilots to see how this could work.