May 17: Everything you can and can’t do as lockdown restrictions ease

mylondon– Until 2021, May 17 was just an ordinary day. But since the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown was unveiled at the start of the year, the nation has pencilled the date in the diary.

Lots of restrictions put in place due to the pandemic will be lifted, although Downing Street has warned people to exercise caution, thanks to the new highly transmissible Indian strain of Covid-19.

Let’s take a look at how the rules have changed.

Summer vacays are back on the cards, although you may have to settle for a UK break if you want to avoid long queues and Covid restrictions.

Staying in the county, all holiday accommodation will open, including hotels and B&Bs.

This can be used by groups of up to six or two households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).

For overseas trips, there is no longer a legal restriction on international travel. However a traffic light system has been introduced, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.

Some destinations are subject to isolating rules on return and you may even have to pay more than £1,000 per person to quarantine at a Government approved hotel.

Top flight and holiday deals

Holidays abroad may soon be in sight and if you’re thinking of jetting off on a plane after lockdown then you’ll want to check out these deals.

When the UK comes out of lockdown, here are the best travel companies to book including their latest deals.

Tui: Has launched sale on trips to Greece, Spain and Turkey for the summer with thousands of free places for kids you can book now.

EasyJet: Reported a 337% surge in flight bookings and a 630% jump in holiday bookings – plenty of offers on holidays later in the year for more peace of mind. You can now book an early 2021 deal to UK hotspots including London, Edinburgh and more.

Expedia: Some of the most popular European destinations including deals to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Rome.

Jet2: One million free child place holidays available. All inclusive holiday packages from £60pp deposit. Summer 2021 holidays start from £400pp

On the Beach: Holiday deposits start from £30pp. Family holidays start from just £169pp. Discounts and deals on last minute escapes

Pubs restaurants and leisure

From May 17 hospitality venues are allowed to open indoors and six people (or two households) can sit inside to enjoy a meal or a drink.

The Government also said: “Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas are permitted to open with Covid-secure measures in place”.

Gyms and league games

Organised indoor sport can take place for all, the Government said, including gym classes.

“It must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission,” a Government spokesperson added.

Outdoor meetups

Limits have been eased and people can meet up outside in groups of 30.

Live performances, sporting and business events will be allowed to take place, although attendance will be capped according to the venue type and Covid-secure measures will be in place.

Visting friends and family at home

Catching up at home is now on the table.

Not only can groups of six meet up behind closed doors but overnight stays are allowed.

Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, the Government said the nation should take “personal responsibility” and exercise caution on sitting close to people inside the house.

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Funerals and weddings

The number of people allowed to attend a funeral is no longer limited to 30 people.

However, the number of guests allowed will depend on how many people the venue can safely accommodate

When it comes to weddings, wake, christenings and other commemorative events the capacity has been increased to 30.

Care homes

The rules regarding care home visits have changed.

Now residents will be allowed up to five named visitors as long as they test negative for Covid.

Only two visitors will be allowed to visit at the same time, however.

Working from home

Boris Johnson said the nation should work from home if they can.

Overseas trips are permitted if necessary and essential and travellers will be subject to specific quarantine rules depending on their destination.

School and study

All higher education student will be able to access face to face teaching.

Baby and toddler groups are also opening up again with more capacity.

What’s next?

The next key date to look out for is June 21.

If the rate of transmissions is still in a good place then the country will enter stage three of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

This would see postponed weddings, sporting event and music festivals being held at pre-pandemic levels.


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