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Covid lockdown roadmap: rules that could change from May 17

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From May 17, groups of up to six people and two households will be allowed to meet indoors, so people can enter each other’s homes.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said on April 28 that it was “incredibly safe” for two people who have been fully vaccinated to meet freely, amid growing calls for those who have had the blow are allowed to hug. those.

Funerals will no longer be limited to 30 mourners from May 17, the government announced on May 3.

Instead, capacity would be determined by the number of people who could be accommodated in places such as places of worship or funeral homes while maintaining social distancing.

The department said the limits for other life or commemorative events should remain with up to 30 people who can attend weddings, receptions and revivals, as well as other types of important events in the city. life, including bar mitzvahs and baptisms.

Pubs and restaurants can open indoors from May 17th. At this point, the six and two household rule will be introduced indoors. It will be lifted outside, which means people will be able to gather in groups of no more than 30 people in outdoor gardens or at an outdoor dinner.

However, a legal battle is underway as the hospitality industry seeks to challenge the decision to allow the reopening of non-essential stores indoors before pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. A judge has ordered the health secretary to provide a response by April 19, after the lawsuit was brought by nightclub operator Sacha Lord and former Pizza Express boss Hugh Osmond.

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Mr Osmond said on April 19 that government data showed hospitality was ‘not responsible’ for the spread of infections, although he acknowledged the action would have to beat the ‘high bar’ to prove that the government’s actions were unreasonable.

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“It’s kind of a battle between David and Goliath,” he said. “We are reassured that David won in this case.”

Also from May 17, college students will be able to resume face-to-face teaching on campus, replacing online courses that have been in place for months. However, Universities UK described the wait of an additional month to return as “extremely disappointing”.

It is estimated that around half of university students in England are not eligible to return to campus for in-person teaching until May 17 at the earliest. However, universities allow some students to return to campus early for mental health reasons.

It comes as a group of student unions have written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), urging it to “take action to enforce student rights” on tuition fees and payments rent amid the pandemic.

Hotels and B & Bs can also open at the third stage, as can indoor sports and gym classes.

Entertainment venues may also open, including cinemas and theaters. New rules will be in place for different sizes of sites.

Normal outdoor events can accommodate up to 4000 people or 50% of the venue capacity, whichever is smaller.

Likewise, normal indoor events can accommodate up to 1,000 people or 50% capacity, again whichever is lower.

For large outdoor rooms there is a special limit. Up to 10,000 participants will be allowed or 25 percent capacity, whichever is lower. This means, for example, that Wembley Stadium will be able to open with 10,000 fans in attendance.

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The holiday abroad ban is set to end on May 17, in the first step in boosting overseas travel, but holidaymakers may need to use paper Covid certificates to prove they have been vaccinated .

The Prime Minister said on May 3 that there will be “some openness” on May 17, but things need to be done in a way that “makes sure we don’t see the virus coming back” to the UK.

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Mr Johnson’s cautious tone came as some MPs called for continued restrictions on overseas vacations to protect the country from Covid-19 variants, and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer called for an approach ” cautious “.

Mr Johnson told reporters during a campaign visit to Hartlepool on May 3: ‘We want to make some opening on May 17, but I don’t think the people of this country want to see an influx of disease everywhere elsewhere.

“It certainly isn’t and we have to be very, very tough, and we have to be as careful as possible, while still continuing to open up.”

When asked if people should plan overseas vacations, he told reporters: “We will say more as soon as possible.”

It will no longer be illegal to go abroad from that date, which means summer vacation abroad will be allowed, with a traffic light system for countries to be introduced.

The travel decision has yet to be approved, but it is widely awaited by figures in the heart of government, with preparations underway on how to deliver the news to the public.

A press conference is scheduled this week, possibly chaired by the transport secretary, during which the country will be informed of the lifting of the ban.

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Each country will be placed on the “green”, “orange” or “red” lists, with a different set of rules attached to each group that people will have to follow when returning to the UK.

  • People coming from ‘green list’ countries will be required to provide a negative Covid test within 72 hours of departure and then pay for a PCR test on or before their second day back in the UK.
  • Those returning from an “orange” country will have to quarantine themselves at home for 10 days. They will have to take one test before departure and two PCR tests upon their return, on days two and eight.
  • Britons returning from ‘red’ countries must self-quarantine for 10 days in government-approved hotels at their own expense, along with the pre-departure test and both tests upon return.

Initially, only a “small handful” of countries should be on the “green list”.

Portugal, the Canary Islands, Corfu and Crete are among the most popular European holiday destinations that have been declared safe for travel by the Foreign Ministry, raising hopes that they could be on the green list of trips.

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Most European countries are expected to be on the “orange list”, which will require testing and quarantine on return.

However, many other European countries are expected to be added to the ‘green list’ from early June, which will only see those vaccinated will be allowed to travel, only having to be tested before traveling and upon their return. This will follow a review early next month.


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