Coronavirus (COVID-19)—what can and cannot be done from 17 May 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—what can and cannot be done from 17 May 2021

The government has updated its guidance detailing what can and cannot be done while coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions remain in place, to reflect step 3 of the roadmap. From 17 May 2021, various restrictions will be eased including the limit on indoor gatherings increasing to groups of up to six people or two households, and outdoors gatherings increasing to groups of up to 30. In addition, the government has published new guidance on meeting family and friends, which emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules, and instructs people to exercise caution and consider the risks associated with certain actions.

Additional easements from 17 May 2021 include:

• indoor entertainment attractions can open such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, arcades, museums and children’s play areas. They must have COVID-secure measures in place

• people can attend indoor and outdoor events such as live performances, and sporting and business events. Attendance will be capped according to venue type and attendees should follow COVID-secure measures set out by venues

• indoor hospitality venues can reopen such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes

• organised indoor sport can resume including gym classes, however they must be organised by a business, charity or public body, with reasonable means to reduce the risk of transmission in place

• all holiday accommodation can open including hotels and B&Bs, to be used by groups of up to six or two households

• funeral attendance will no longer be capped at 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the venue can accommodate with social distancing in place

• up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, wakes and other commemorative events such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings

• support groups and parent/child group gathering limits have increased to 30 people, not including children under five

• care home residents will be allowed to have up to five named visitors, with a maximum of two at any one time, provided they can show a negative coronavirus test

• all higher education students can access in-person teaching

• legal restrictions on international travel have been lifted and a traffic light system put in place setting out rules for returning to England following international travel

Read the Meeting friends and family (COVID-19) guidance here.

Source: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do

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