Covid: What’s the roadmap for lifting lockdown?

A further lifting of lockdown rules in England has been confirmed by the prime minister.

Having friends over and drinking inside a pub are among the changes coming next Monday, 17 May.

Changes to lockdown rules in Scotland and Wales are expected the same day.

What’s changing on Monday 17 May in England?

Meeting up

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors, with overnight stays allowed
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other life events
  • Number of people who can attend a funeral no longer capped, but determined by the size of venue
  • Up to 30 allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives)
  • Care home residents allowed up to five named visitors, and more freedom for visits out of the home

Leisure and entertainment

  • Pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to open indoors
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
  • Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can all reopen
  • Organised adult sports and exercise classes can restart indoors
  • Steam rooms and saunas may reopen
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen


  • Face coverings no longer recommended in secondary schools for pupils
  • All remaining university students eligible to return to in-person teaching


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