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Lockdown end: When will the next stage of lockdown ease? What will change?

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In recent days, several lockdown restrictions have eased in England. From April 12, non-essential shops and gyms have been allowed to reopen after months of lockdown. Hospitality businesses, such as restaurants and pubs, have also been allowed to serve people in outdoor settings too, with the rule of six outdoors implemented once again.

In February 2021, the Prime Minister set out his ‘roadmap’ for easing England out of lockdown this year.

Mr Johnson stressed the easing of lockdown would be based on “data, not dates”, but he gave rough estimates of when measures could ease if the data allows it.

The easing of lockdown measures will depend on a number of factors, including the ongoing success of the vaccine rollout programme in the UK.

However, if the spread of COVID-19 is kept under control, all lockdown restrictions are expected to come to an end in late June 2021.

When is the next lockdown review date?

The easing of the next stage of lockdown is likely to be reviewed by the Government in the weeks leading up to May 17.

The review is likely to take place around this time as Step 3 of the lockdown easing plan is scheduled for no earlier than May 17.

If the Government allows lockdown to ease on May 17, several sectors of society will be able to reopen again.

What will ease on May 17?

Whether any lockdown restrictions are eased on May 17 will depend on the Government’s decision.

But if lockdown does ease, there will be a number of changes to social interaction and business guidance.

Most of the restrictions on meeting people outside are expected to ease on May 17, although there will still be a ban on groups of more than 30 people meeting.

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From May 17, it is expected the rule of six or two households will return to indoor settings.

The Government guidance states no later than Step 3 there will be an update to “the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging”.

Indoor hospitality businesses, including pubs, bars and restaurants, will be able to reopen.

Unlike with previous lockdowns, curfews and the requirement for alcohol to be served with substantial meals will not be implemented again.

Indoor entertainment, such as cinemas and children’s play centres, will also be able to reopen.

May 17 could also see the return of some larger performances and sporting events, with restrictions.

Up to 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes and other important life events, including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Businesses considered high-risk, such as nightclubs, are not expected to reopen on this date.

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