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Step three of lifting lockdown restrictions will take place on 17th May

Step three of lifting lockdown restrictions will take place on 17th May

Author: Sarah Akomanyi | Sunday 9th May 2021

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The next step in lifting lockdown restrictions is set to take place on May 17th. This will include being able to embrace friends and family, meeting up in a group of up to 30 and outdoor entertainment such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can reopen.

This also means that people will be able to stay over at someone else's house, as the rule of six has expanded.

"At this step, weddings, receptions, funerals, and commemorative events including wakes can proceed with up to 30 attendees," said the Government's roadmap.

"A broader range of stand-alone life events will also be permitted at this step, including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

"At Step 3, the Government will further ease limits on social contact, enabling the public to make informed personal decisions.

"It will remain important for people to consider the risks for themselves, taking into account whether they and those they meet have been vaccinated or are at greater risk."

Boris Johnson hopes to lift the majority of rules by June 21, depending on whether the cases continue to fall.

If step three goes to plan, this will mean all legal limits on social contact will be removed, large events can take place, testing could be used as a condition of entry and Ministers hope to remove restrictions on weddings.

As of now, wearing a mask and the one-meter plus rule is mandatory.

Additionally, international travel will not resume before 17th May.