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PM to confirm next steps out of lockdown at briefing today – updates

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The Prime Minister is due to announce that the next phase of lockdown easing can go ahead in England on May 17, after the Covid-19 alert level in the UK was downgraded to a “level 3” threat.

Here is an update on measures across the four nations and what further changes are expected.

What will be different in England?

Mr Johnson is likely to say people are free to meet friends and family in parks, gardens and other outdoor areas, as the legal limit on outdoor gatherings is raised to 30 people.

Outdoor arenas will be able to host live events with a maximum number of 4,000 attendees, or for large outdoor seated venues where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000.

Gatherings inside homes are likely to be allowed once again, with a limit of up to six people or groups from a maximum of two households.

Indoor recreation is expected to return too, with the reopening of cinemas, sports and indoor seating at pubs and restaurants.

As well as doing away with the 10pm curfew, no substantial meal will be required for patrons to enjoy a pint, but they must order, eat and drink while seated to avoid queues at the bar.

Mr Johnson is expected to update the advice on social distancing which may mean hugs with loved ones will be permitted.

Cabinet minister Michael Gove told Sky News on Sunday that “intimate contact between friends and family is something we want to see restored”.

As part of a further review into wider social-distancing policies, the mandatory stay at home order for workers may also be scrapped.

This may not come into effect on May 17, but is expected before the following phase easings on June 21.

Britons are currently permitted to travel to a handful of approved “green list countries” without having to quarantine, provided they take one post-arrival test.

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