May 17 lockdown lifting rule changes

The UK is slowly returning to some form of normality as May will see restaurants resume indoor dining and families and friends able to socialise indoor.

May 17 lockdown lifting rule changes, this could also be the day when international travel resumes, after the outcome of a review announced on April 9 by the government’s Global Travel Taskforce.

Although the government is yet to confirm that the May 17 changes will go ahead, if successful there are many changes to the rules we can look forward to.

Indoor Hospitality

May 17 will see indoor hospitality reopen including pubs and restaurants, which up until now are only permitted to cater for people seated outside.

Unlike before, there will be no restrictions in terms of curfews or the need to serve a substantial meal, however, customers will have to remain seated while ordering, eating and drinking and social distancing measures between tables will remain in place.

Entertainment venues including children’s play centres, cinemas, children’s play areas, museums will also reopen.

The rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&B’s will be able to welcome back guests.

And indoor adult group sports and group exercise classes will resume.

However, all businesses must adhere to Covid-secure guidelines.

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Sporting Events

Some larger performances and sporting events will be allowed including:

  • In indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number)
  • In outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number)
  • In larger outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower)

Social Events

Weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals can also have up to 30 people.

The same will apply to other significant life events, such as christenings and bar mitzvahs.

International Travel

May 17 could also be the date when international travel resumes, after the outcome of a review announced on April 9 by the government’s Global Travel Taskforce.

If given the green light, travellers will no longer be required to prove they have a valid reason to travel – which means that foreign holidays would be allowed.

The Taskforce recommended the launch of a new traffic light system and ‘green watchlist’, and the introduction of travel certification.

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Different restrictions will apply to inbound passengers, depending on whether the destination visited is categorised as ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’:

  • Green: arrivals will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day 2 of their arrival back into England – but will not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests, halving the cost of tests on their return from holiday
  • Amber: arrivals will need to quarantine for a period of 10 days and take a pre-departure test, and a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 with the option for Test to Release on day 5 to end self-isolation early
  • Red: arrivals will be subject to restrictions currently in place for ‘red list’ countries which include a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, pre-departure testing and PCR testing on day 2 and 8

The next review of travel restrictions will take place on June 28, with further formal reviews taking place at checkpoints no later than July, 31 and October 1, 2021.

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