The next steps out of lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has held a press conference to announce the following further easing of restrictions, as next steps in the roadmap out of lockdown:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has held a press conference to announce the following further easing of restrictions, as next steps in the roadmap out of lockdown:

  • We’ve met the 4 tests for further easing of restrictions, therefore we will move to Step 3 of the Roadmap, which includes:
    • The Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply indoors 
    • The legal limit on gathering outdoors will increase to 30 people
    • Pubs, restaurants and cinemas will be able to open indoors 
    • Accomodation, theatres, concert halls, museums, business conference centres and children’s play areas can all reopen.
    • All remaining outdoor entertainment can reopen, such as outdoor cinemas and performances.
    • Organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors and saunas and steam rooms may reopen.
    • Sports stadia will be able to accommodate spectators subject to capacity limits
    • People will be able to travel within Britain and stay overnight
    • Schools will no longer require face coverings in classrooms, and secondary schools will not require face coverings in communal areas.  Twice weekly home testing will remain to control infection rates..
    • All remaining  University students can return to in-person teaching.
    • Up to 30 people will now be able to attend weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes, as well as standalone life-cycle events. These can take place outdoors or at any indoor Covid secure venue that is permitted to open.
    • Care homes residents will be able to have up to five named visitors, with two visitors able to attend at once provided they are tested and follow infection control measures. Residents will also have greater freedoms to leave their home without having to isolate on their return.
  • We are on track for Step 4 on 21st June, and the government will be making more information available later this month for businesses regarding the role Covid-certification will play in  the future of operating safely
  • From next Monday the government will be updating guidance on close contact between friends and family so that individuals can evaluate risks and make their own decisions.  Individuals will be asked to consider the vulnerability of family members, meet outdoors where possible, and remember the importance of fresh air and ventilation.
  • You can find more information about the announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-easing-of-covid-restrictions-confirmed-for-17-may

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