May 17th is just around the corner. We’ve listed everything you’ll be allowed to do from Monday the 17th, as we gradually merge back into the ‘new normal’.
Meet family and friends
Previously, we’ve been sticking to the rule of 6 and no more than 2 households when it comes to meeting outdoors.
From 17th May though, we’ll be able to take this inside, meeting two households or the rule of six indoors!
Most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted as long as people don’t gather in groups of more than 30.
This will be under constant review to ensure there is not a drastic increase in COVID cases.
Hugging loved ones
Although details are currently unconfirmed, there could be new guidelines on hugging loved ones not in your household.
Hang in there new grandparents – It’s coming.
Update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging.
“Until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.– British Government
Sitting inside pubs & restaurants
We’ve been sitting at benches wrapped up in coats and jackets for the past few weeks, but the time has come to go inside.
Although pub and restaurant-goers will have to remain seated as they’re being served, indoor hospitality will once again open.
Live performances & sport
Although only crowds of up to 1000 people or be at half capacity, some larger performances and sporting events at indoor venues will be allowed.
In outdoor venues, up to 4000 people will be allowed. In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend.
Other indoor entertainment, such as cinemas and children’s play areas will also be able to reopen.
What about weddings?
After a gruelling year and many plans postponed, it’s looking better for the fiancés in the country.
Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, wakes, as well as funerals.
Can I go abroad?
PM Boris Johnson suggested that there might be some “opening up” of foreign travel on 17 May – but added that this date will be approached with caution.
More details will follow in the news closer to the 17th May.
Until then though, staycations will be very much permitted in self-contained accommodation such as holiday parks, campsites and cottages.
17th May sound good to you?
We’re excited, are you? This sense of normality becoming a reality is soothing – and although it’s been a tough year, we’ve pulled together as a nation, and now we can enjoy these subtle movements back into the ‘new normal’.
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With thanks to Worcester News for some references.