Social distancing between family and friends is to be left to ‘personal choice’ from next week and gatherings of six people from different households will once again be allowed inside, the government said as the lockdown in England is still relaxed.
Confirming that the next step in his roadmap will go as planned, Boris Johnson said that starting Monday, May 17, pubs and restaurants can open to serve people inside – and people can get together in groups of 30 outside.
The cap on the number of attendants at funerals is also removed, provided they are conducted in a secure manner by Covid, and indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas can also open. As the ban on international travel is lifted, ministers continue to encourage people not to travel abroad, with the exception of the 12 “green list” territories where return quarantine is not. necessary.
Dancing will remain banned at weddings, but college students will be allowed to resume teaching in person, per the penultimate leg of Johnson’s roadmap – leaving one last major hurdle on June 21 when he has promised “all legal limits of social contact”. will be scrapped.