May 17 will mark the start of “Stage 3” of the government’s roadmap plan to ease the lockdown, which was first outlined by the prime minister in February this year. Decisions to go through the roadmap plan are subject to four tests, with the continued success of the immunization program and the risk assessment not being “fundamentally altered” by new variants of concern. Based on the four tests, the government judged the current coronavirus situation to be appropriate to further ease the lockdown rules on May 17.
What can you do from Monday, May 17?
A major change coming on May 17 is social contact, as people will be able to meet indoors for the first time in months.
The “rule of six” means that six people, or two households, will be allowed to meet inside the houses, while people will also be able to spend the night away from their homes.
People can also gather in groups, capped at 30 people, outdoors.
People will also be able to hug loved ones again, but it will be a personal choice.
The guest limit for weddings, receptions, vigils, bar mitzvahs, baptisms and other important life events will also be increased to 30 people.
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Many of the businesses that were closed during the third lockdown will be able to reopen from May 17, including parts of the hospitality industry.
Pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to reopen their interior spaces, which means that people will be able to go for their first meal in a restaurant after several months.
Indoor entertainment venues, such as cinemas, children’s play areas and bingo halls, will also be able to reopen from May 17.
The remaining accommodation sector, which includes hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts, will also reopen.
The government will allow certain larger shows and sporting events in covered venues with a capacity of 1,000 or half full, whichever is lower.
Events at outdoor venues with a capacity of 4000 people or half full (whichever is lower) will also be permitted.
In the large open-air venues, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend events, provided the crowds can be distributed.
Travel and leisure
Indoor sports for adults, such as tennis, can resume from May 17, as will some gymnastics classes.
Travel abroad will also be re-authorized from next week.
But every country will be subject to the government’s traffic light system, with only a few countries so far on the “green” list.
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This is also the case for other hospitality venues, such as pubs and bars, so queuing for a pint will still not be allowed.
While most businesses can reopen as of May 17, nightclubs will not be able to reopen at this time.
Nightclubs have been closed throughout the lockdown since March 2020.
Nightclub operators therefore hope to be able to reopen on June 21, when step 4 of the roadmap could be implemented as soon as possible.
“Nightlife has been pushed to the brink of collapse during the pandemic and cannot afford another lockdown or extension of restrictions.
“We urge the Prime Minister to stay the course and continue to communicate with the sectors hardest hit.
Some restrictions on major events and performances will remain in effect until at least step 4.
There will also remain restrictions on the number of people who can attend major life events, such as weddings, from May 17.
From next week, indoor parties will still be illegal and could result in a hefty fine for organizers and attendees.