On 10 May 2021, the Prime Minister confirmed that we will proceed to Step 3 in our roadmap to lifting restrictions from 17th May.
Thanks to the efforts of the British people and our world-beating vaccination programme, we can now cautiously move forwards with the next step in easing lockdown restrictions.
• From 17 May, more of the indoor and remaining outdoor economy can reopen; limits on social gatherings will increase; guidance on close contact between friends and family will change; and travel restrictions within the UK and to green list countries will also change.
We are moving closer towards our normal way of life, and while the decisions we are taking are irreversible, we must continue to exercise caution if we are to avoid a resurgence of the virus.
We are doing this by:
• Easing restrictions on close contact and socialising between friends and families. As of Monday 17 May, up to six people or two households can meet indoors, and up to thirty people outside. We are also changing guidance on meeting friends and family, allowing people to make informed personal decisions on close contact.
• Reopening more of the indoor and remaining outdoor economy, taking a major step towards reclaiming our normal way of life. Indoor hospitality and entertainment, including cinemas, museums and children’s play areas can reopen, while all remaining outdoor entertainment can resume.
• Increasing the limits on gatherings both indoors and outdoors, meaning more people to come together to mourn or celebrate. Up to 30 people can attend weddings and other commemorative events both outdoors and in Covid secure venues, which are permitted to open. The limit on those able to attend funerals will be determined by the number which can be accommodated with social distancing in place.
• Lifting the Stay in the UK restriction, as we safely reopen international travel to green list countries. As of Monday, people can go on foreign holidays to ‘green’ list countries, while strict border control measures will remain in place including pre-departure tests and a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival back to the UK.
• Allowing the safe return of all remaining university students to campus, so they can benefit from inperson teaching. All remaining students eligible to return will be asked to get tested twice a week upon their return.