Coronavirus (COVID-19)—step 3 of the roadmap to commence from 17 May 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—step 3 of the roadmap to commence from 17 May 2021

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has confirmed that step 3 of the roadmap out of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions is to go ahead as planned from 17 May 2021. This is in line with data which shows the government’s ‘four tests’ have been met including successful vaccine deployment, evidence of vaccines being ‘sufficiently effective’ in reducing hospitalisations, no surge in hospitalisations due to infection rates, and no additional risk posed by new variants of concern. Johnson confirmed that hospital admissions and cases of severe illness continue to decrease in line with scientific modelling, but has urged the public to continue to exercise caution to prevent a resurgence of the virus. In addition, Johnson confirmed that step 4 is due to take place no earlier than 21 June 2021, with further detail to be set out at the end of May 2021.

From 17 May 2021:

• the majority of indoor and outdoor venues can reopen including—this includes indoor hospitality, cinemas, museums, children’s play areas, adult sport and exercise classes, saunas, and steam rooms

• international travel will resume, and people will be able to go on holiday to green list countries. For further information, see: LNB News 10/05/2021 23

• gatherings will be able to increase, with up to six people or two households allowed to meet indoors, and up to 30 people outdoors. Guidance on close contact between family and friends will be updated to allow people to exercise their own personal judgement in line with the risks

• some larger events such as conferences, theatre, and sports events will be able to go ahead

• up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes, both indoors and outdoors. Up to 30 people will also be able to attend a support group or parents and child group. The limit will not apply to children under five

• face coverings will no longer be required in classrooms or communal areas of schools and colleges, but twice weekly testing will remain in place to control infection rates

• all university students will be able to return to in-person teaching and access specialist facilities and equipment on campus. Both on-campus testing facilities and home testing kits will be available, free of charge, with students to be tested twice a week throughout the rest of the summer term. In addition, a new Graduate employment and skills guide has been published by the Office for Students, collating tools, advice, and resources in a give-step plan to help ‘pandemic graduates’ consider their choices post-university

• care home residents will be allowed to have up to five named visitors with a maximum of two visitors at a time. Residents will also be given greater freedoms to leave their home without having to isolate on return, such as for going to medical appointments, a workplace, or day centres

Sources:

• Further easing of COVID restrictions confirmed for 17 May

• PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 10 May 2021

• All remaining university students to return to in-person teaching from 17 May

• Face coverings no longer required in schools and colleges from 17 May

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