England’s lockdown roadmap has so far gone to plan, with businesses opening their doors and social restrictions gradually easing.
The latest step of the Government’s roadmap took place on April 12 and saw the return of pubs and restaurants for al fresco service, while non-essential shops and gyms also reopened.
Step 2 also saw the return of beauty services such as nail salons and hairdressers, and the resumption of self-contained domestic holidays.
Next on the roadmap is Step 3, which is scheduled to come into effect on Monday (May 17), when a raft of further restrictions will be eased.
However there is of course a chance the roadmap could be pushed back for a number of reasons, including if the vaccine programme is halted, if infection rates risk a surge in hospital admissions or if new coronavirus variants emerge.
May promises to be a bumper month if things do go to plan, with plenty of events and new restaurants to looks forward to.
Below is a round-up of what lockdown measures are changing next week, with a bullet point summary at the bottom of the article.
What’s changing in May?
Indoor hospitality will reopen on May 17 and venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks, nor will there be a curfew as there was last year.
Customers will however have to continue ordering, eating and drinking while seated.
Other indoor locations set to open up in Step 3 include entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector including hotels, hostels and B&Bs and adult group sports and exercise classes.
The Government also hopes to allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full – whichever is a lower number – and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full.
In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend.
Not only that but most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.
Summary of May 17 lockdown easing:
- People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
- Six people or two households can meet indoors
- Domestic overnight stays allowed with people not in your household or bubble
- Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can serve customers indoors
- Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
- Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
- Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
- Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
- Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
- International leisure travel may resume
- Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart
Stage 4 of the roadmap is due to take place no earlier than June 21, and will see all legal limits on social contact removed, as well as the reopening of nightclubs.