Further restrictions will be eased on 17 May (Photo: Getty Images / Shutterstock)
Further sectors of the economy will finally reopen after months of closure and international travel will resume, with holidaymakers able to visit select ‘green list’ countries without having to quarantine on their return.
These are all of the lockdown changes that will take effect today.
Sign up to our NationalWorld Today newsletter
The i newsletter cut through the noise
Indoor dining in pubs, restaurants and cafes will resume, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The rule of six will be in place for diners and drinkers.
People will be able to meet indoors with one other household, or in a group of up to six, and domestic overnight stays will be allowed.
The rule of six for outdoor gatherings will be extended to the rule of 30, but social distancing measures will still be in place.
Close personal contact with family and friends will be allowed, but social distancing rules remain for others. Government guidance recommends people use their ‘personal judgement’ and ‘common sense’.
Remaining outdoor entertainment venues will reopen, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas
Indoor entertainment venues, including museums, cinemas and children’s play areas, will reopen.
Remaining accommodation will reopen, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs
People can go on domestic holidays with members from other households, providing they stick to the rule of six.
Foreign travel will resume, with holidaymakers able to visit ‘green list’ countries without quarantine on return. Travellers are advised not to visit any countries on the amber or red list.
Some large events, including conferences, theatre and concert performances, and sports events will resume. Indoor events will have a limit of 1,000 people, or 50 per cent capacity, and outdoor events will have a 4,000 person limit, or 50 per cent capacity - whichever is lower.
Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes will resume.
Weddings, receptions, funerals, and commemorative events, including wakes, will be allowed with up to 30 attendees.