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Next steps in roadmap confirmed for 17 May

by Gemma Melling

The Prime Minister has confirmed that from Monday (17 May) the UK will progress with the next stage of the Government’s roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions.

This latest step forward will see the following changes come into force:

  • Up to 30 people will be able to meet up outdoors
  • Up to 6 people or two households can meet up indoors
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions can reopen (cinemas, soft play centres etc)
  • Hotels and B&Bs can reopen
  • Adult indoor sports and exercise is allowed
  • Up to 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings
  • The maximum limit on attendance at funerals will be lifted (limits will be in place depending upon capacity of the venue)

You can read the full list of rules on the Government’s website.

In addition, the Prime Minister has confirmed that close personal contact (e.g hugging) with family, friends and loved ones will be permitted. However, the Government is keen to stress that people should still proceed with caution, select only a small number of close contacts and at all times consider the risk to themselves and others.

Dr Sarah McNulty, Knowsley’s Director of Public Health commented:

“I know that many people will welcome the new freedoms that will be permitted from Monday but it is important to recognise that caution is still needed.

As restrictions continue to be lifted, people are being expected to use their own judgement more and make sensible decisions about their own behaviour. Simple things like limiting the number of people you have close personal contact with, opening the windows if socialising indoors and maintaining social distancing in a group. By doing things like this we have the best chance possible of continuing to progress positively out of lockdown and importantly keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe and well.”

This latest announcement confirms the UK will proceed to Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap.

The situation will be reviewed again one week prior to the next scheduled date of 21 June.