All the things that reopen again when lockdown eases on May 17

Everything you can do from May 17.
May 17 marks the next stage of the Government’s ‘road map to freedom’

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’.

People enjoy their last drink in the Grapes Pub on Mathew Street a night before a local lockdown amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid 19) in Liverpool, Britain, 14 October 2020.
Indoor dining will be permitted to resume in restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes (Picture: EPA)
People take their seats inside the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square cinema, on the opening day of the film
Cinemas will also be given the green light to resume screenings (Picture: Reuters)

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.

Conservators dust, photograph and inspect Rocks at Port Coton, the Lion Rock, Poplars and Springtime by Claude Monet at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge as they make final preparations to reopen to the general public following the easing of lockdown restrictions in England.
Museums are gearing up to reopen their doors (Picture: PA)
Members of the public, wearing face coverings due to Covid-19, queue for a guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London on April 14, 2021. - Following the UK's massive vaccine rollout, non-essential retail such as clothes shops, and hospitality including restaurants and pubs, reopened their doors across England on April 12.
Theatres – one of the hardest hit industries – will be given the go ahead to reopen (Picture: AFP)

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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