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Breaking News ! From Monday, May 17 England will have moved into Step 3 of the government's roadmap out of lockdown which sees the end to many of the strictest lockdown rules that have been observed for the last six months. Perhaps the biggest change being brought in is to social distancing guidelines, with friends and family from different households being able to meet without having to observe such strict social distancing rules, including be able to hug each other. The government has said that people will have to decide how much risk there is for themselves, and advised those who were more vulnerable or hadn't had all their vaccine jabs should still observe normal social distancing rules with friends and family. The government has also said that normal social distancing and mask rules should still be observed with other members of the public. See which local businesses are declaring themselves #BackForGood near you by entering your postcode below or visit InYourArea The rule of six or two households rule has also been removed outdoors, and now groups of up to 30 people can meet outside. Babies and young children are included in the 30- and six-person limits on gatherings - they are not exempt. One exception to this is for support groups and parent and child groups. These can take place with up to 30 people, plus any number of children under five on top of that limit. Outdoor events Festival fans enjoy Cambridge Club 2019 at Haggis Farm, Cambridge Polo Club (Image: David Johnson Photographic) Outdoor venues are permitted capacities of 4,000 people or half-full, whichever is lower. In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend, or grounds can be a quarter-full, whichever is fewer. Fans can attend larger performances and sporting events indoors, with capacities of 1,000 people or half-full, whichever is fewer.Other events have already been taking place - with bigger crowds and no social distancing - but they're part of a special pilot scheme and people must get negative tests to enter. Pubs and restaurants Dykes End pub in Reach marks the end of the 7.5 mile ditch (Image: Cambridge News) People can now also meet indoors where the rules of six or two households rule will still apply. This means that pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve guests indoors for the first time since December last year. There will be no curfew and guests will not have to order a substantial meal to order alcoholic drinks, as has been the case in the past. Customers will have to order from their tables and eat and drink while seated. Read More Related Articles The Greene King pubs in Peterborough set to reopen on Monday Read More Related Articles Cubitts opening Cambridge: A trendy new glasses store has appeared on Trinity Street Hotels, B&Bs, and cinemas Almost all indoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from May 17 including hotels, hostels, bed & breakfasts as well as theatres and cinemas. Domestic overnight stays with friends and family will be allowed, as will staying in a venue with people from a different household.
. Gyms and sports facilities will also be allowed to restart indoor adult group sports and exercise classes as well. People will also be allowed to attend weddings, funerals and other similar events. Up to 30 people can be present and will also apply to any other 'significant life events' such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings. Holidays aboard
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People will be able to travel to green list countries from May 17, as previously set out. The legal ban on all foreign leisure travel will be lifted, meaning people can legally to go amber or red list countries. But the government guidance will remain not to travel to amber or red list countries, despite it being legal. A new version of the NHS Covid-19 app should go live on May 17 allowing people to show their vaccine status for travel. If they cannot get the app, people will be able to ask the NHS for a letter verifying their vaccine status to show to foreign countries demanding proof. A ‘Covid passport’ for domestic use in the UK will only come later and is still in development.
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Masks in schools Face coverings for pupils will no longer be recommended in secondary schools or colleges from May 17. This means they will no longer be worn either in classrooms or communal areas, despite pleas by unions. Face masks could return in some schools with local outbreaks, as officials admit some discretion will be needed. Meanwhile, university students return to in-person teaching and learning from May 17 - with twice-a-week testing - despite the fact students’ academic years will be over or nearly over by then.
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