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MetiNews.Com - The third stage of the Government's roadmap to ending England's lockdown will take place on May 17 - but what can you do and what is still subject to restrictions?
Breaking News ! A significant lifting of the Covid lockdown is taking place in England from Monday, May 17. The third stage of the Government's roadmap to ending the nation's restrictions will see a number of extra freedoms granted. Pubs and restaurants will reopen for customers indoors across Birmingham and throughout the country. Entertainment outlets, including cinemas, will also once again open their doors. Non-essential travel will no longer be illegal - but people are urged to check quarantine rules with just 12 countries on the Government's "green" list, the Mirror reports. The final part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap is currently set for June 21. However, concerning virus transmission rates over the Indian coronavirus variant could yet prompt a rethink by ministers. Here's a rundown of what will be allowed from tomorrow and what you will have to wait longer for. Cocktails ready? Bars, pubs and restaurants set to reopen inside (Image: Birmingham Mail) Pubs and restaurants serving customers indoors A much-needed boost to the hospitality sector will see pubs and restaurants allowed to serve punters inside their establishments. Businesses have been allowed to host customers in outdoor spaces since April 12 - but some chilly weather has arrived at the wrong time over the course of the last month. Punters will be eager to get back in the warm. Although ordering food and drink will still be done while seated - no orders at the bar. Read More Related Articles Nine announcements from Boris Johnson press conference with warning that lockdown could be extended Read More Related Articles Everyone will have first Covid-19 vaccine by July, Boris Johnson promises Sports events, concerts and c inemas Sports fans will be allowed back to watch their beloved teams after players have performed in soulless, empty stadiums for months. A number of successful Government test events saw 21,000 fans watch Leicester City beat Chelsea at Wembley in Saturday's FA Cup Final. While 8,000 fans attended the same stadium for the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham, and 10,000 fans went to the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, between April 17 and May 3. Now up to 10,000 people will be allowed to watch live sports events in England's biggest stadiums - or a quarter full, whichever is lower. Concerts will also be back on the menu. Indoor performances with a capacity of 1,000 or half full, whichever is lower, will go ahead. And outdoor entertainment venues can host performances for crowds of up to 4,000, or half full, whichever is lower. Entertainment facilities, including cinemas, trampoline and soft play centres, will also reopen their doors.
.. This is the first time larger groups can get together legally since last year. But the rule of six still applies indoors if you are visiting family and friends, or just two households are allowed to get together indoors.
Hugging is officially allowed from May 17
Hugging People can hug again! You can choose to embrace, kiss or shake hands with friends or relatives in the park or in a home. It follows 20 million people in the UK having had both vaccine doses - although Public Health England issued a stark warning on hugging the most vulnerable. The public are not required to take a lateral flow test before hugging - but caution is urged as it's a simple way of reducing the spread of the disease.
Travelling outside the UK The Government said non-essential foreign travel will be allowed - but check the traffic light system. Just 12 countries and territories are included on the "green list", which means you will not need to quarantine upon your return. Portugal, Israel, Iceland, the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar are among them. People who arrive from so-called "red list" countries - where Covid rates are high - must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at their own expense. While people returning from "amber" countries should quarantine at home or face fines.
Weddings and funerals A limit of 30 guests will remain in place for weddings and funerals. "Significant life events" like Christenings and bar mitzvahs will also have a 30-person limit in place. Restrictions could be lifted next month as long there is not a surge in Covid cases.
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What remains on the banned list? Heading to nightclubs remains one of the last things on the roadmap list yet to be allowed to reopen. A test event was carried out at The Circle's "The First Dance" test event in Liverpool, which had 3,000 revellers on April 30, and a further 3,000 on May 1. Other entertainment and sporting events have been given the green light to resume - with increased or full capacities to follow in due course. Social distancing measures and the rule for face masks inside shops also remains in place.
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