All the things that reopen again when lockdown eases on May 17
Residents in England are anxiously waiting to hear whether the Government’s next stage of easing lockdown restrictions will go ahead as planned.
Monday May 17 is earmarked as the date when pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and other businesses will be permitted to welcome customers back indoors.
The Government is expected to give an announcement this week on whether the third round of restrictions will lift in less than two weeks.
What will reopen from May 17?
Shops, hairdressers, gyms, and pubs and restaurants with outdoor dining areas in England were all given the green light to reopen on April 12.
Domestic holidays in household groups or support bubbles are also currently permitted at self-contained accommodation, such as campsites and AirBnBs.
The current rules will remain in place until at least May 17, when the third round of restrictions are expected to lift under the Government’s ‘road map’.
Under the plans, restaurants, pubs, bars, and cafes should all be permitted to reopen for indoor dining.
Table service only will be allowed but businesses will not have to serve a substantial meal or stick to a curfew.
The rule of six and the two household rule will be extended to indoor areas.
Groups of up to 30 will be allowed to meet outdoors in venues such as pub gardens.
Meanwhile, hotels, hostels and B&Bs will reopen, along with indoor sport and gym classes.
Indoor entertainment venues, such as cinemas, museums, theatres, bingo halls, children’s play areas, and concert halls will also reopen with social distancing in place.
Popular cinema chains such as the Vue, Odeon, Cineworld and Everyman have confirmed they will reopen, with the former announcing all 88 UK sites will welcome back movie fans.
Odeon will reopen the majority of its 112 UK cinemas on May 17, while they will open a week later in Northern Ireland on May 24.
Larger events at indoor venues are expected to be given the go ahead with a maximum of 1,000 people or up to half of the venue’s capacity – whichever is less.
Outdoor venues will be allowed a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full – again, whichever is smaller.
However, large outdoor seated venues, such as football stadiums, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people, or 25% of the venue’s capacity – whichever is lower – will be able to attend.
This means venues such as Wembley and Old Trafford would be permitted to reopen to a maximum of 10,000 fans.
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