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Covid-19 update for 17th May 2021

As we get ready for Step 3 of the Lockdown Roadmap, here’s the key points:

• People can meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 people

• Indoors, groups of six or a larger group of two households can meet

• Hospitality can open indoors – but diners and drinkers must remain seated

• Indoor entertainment can open, including cinemas, museums, and children’s play areas

• Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadia can reopen – with capacity limits

• Large indoor performances and sporting events with a capacity of 1,000 people will be allowed

• Outdoor large performances and sporting events will have a maximum capacity of 4,000 people or must only be half full, whichever is lower

• Bigger sports stadiums will be allowed 10,000 people or can only be a quarter full, whichever is lower

• Testing will be used to support these openings

• Organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors

• Saunas and steam rooms can open

• Travel restrictions are lifted – but people should only travel to green list countries, or amber if they really have to

• Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen fully

• Staycations can take place in groups of up to six people or two households

• Weddings, receptions, and other life events can take place with up to 30 people – but no guests can dance

• Funerals can take place with the number of people safely allowed at that specific venue

• Thirty people can attend a support group, or parent and child group (children under five years old do not count)

• Care home residents can have up to five named visitors and greater freedoms to make low-risk visits

• Face coverings no longer needed by secondary school and college pupils in classrooms or communal areas

• Twice weekly home testing for pupils remains

• All remaining university students can return to in-person teaching, with twice weekly testing

• People have the choice as to whether to socially distance with close family and friends

• People can hug those close to them but they should remain cautious as this remains a way of transmitting COVID

• Wider social distancing rules remain in place in adult social care, medical, retail, hospitality and business settings.

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