The things you are looking forward to from May 17 - and what the Government's rules are

A trip to the pictures, indoor pints and finally being reunited with loved ones.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 4:55 am

These are just some of the things families in England will be able to enjoy from Monday, May 17 as part of the next step in the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

These include indoor socialising, staying in a hotel and taking a trip to the soft play with your children.

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Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Witty, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance attend a virtual press conference to announce changes to lockdown rules. Picture: Dan Kitwood-WPA Pool/Getty Images.

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Amusement arcades, bingo, cinema, soft play, theatre

Indoor entertainment and attractions – such as those mentioned above plus concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos and museums – will be permitted to open from May 17 with Covid-secure measures in place.


Self-contained accommodations, including campsites and holiday lets, were permitted to reopen from April 12 (the previous easing of restrictions under the Government’s roadmap) so long as indoor facilities would not be shared with other households.

Food and drink indoors

Indoor hospitality venues – restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes – can reopen for the first time in months to serve customers inside, with table service, from May 17. Outdoor areas at such premises reopened from April 12, with a number of venues across the country adapting to offer al fresco drinks and dining.

Going back to work

Restrictions have meant a number of businesses had to remain closed in line with coronavirus rules. But the changes announced to take place from May 17 mean people can return to their workplaces once more as a whole host of venues reopen for the first time.

Gym classes

Organised indoor sport, including gym classes, will restart from May 17 – but this must be organised by a business, charity or public body. Advice from the Government adds that the organiser must take “reasonable measures” to reduce the risk of transmission.

Hugs with loved ones

Boris Johnson said guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than Government rules from May 17.

Families will be reminded to exercise caution and remember the risks of close contact, making the choice on whether or not to remain two metres apart from family and friends not in your household or support bubble a personal one.

Spa days and swimming

Hair, beauty and nail salons, spas and massage centres, indoor leisure centres and swimming pools were permitted to reopen from April 12. Steam rooms and saunas had to stay closed, but these will now be able to reopen from May 17.

Staycation and trips away

All holiday accommodation, including hotels and B&Bs, will be open from May 17. These can be used by groups of up to six or two households.

Watching the football

People will be able to attend both indoor and outdoor events – including live performances, sporting and business events. Attendance will be capped according to venue type and those attending will have to follow Covid-secure measures set out there.

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