Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead for the further easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday, May 17.
England has been in lockdown since January 2021, but the government has now confirmed that step three of the roadmap will go ahead.
In a press conference on Monday, May 10, the PM explained that the government's four tests for relaxing the rules are all currently being met.
The coronavirus infection rate is at its lowest since September 2020, and new data from Public Health England suggests the Covid-19 vaccine rollout has been "highly effective".
Here we explain all the rule changes that will go ahead on May 17.
May 17 lockdown rule changes in full
From Monday, indoor mixing will be allowed for up to six people from different households, or two households of any size.
In addition, overnight stays will be allowed in groups of up to six people, or two households.
Legal restrictions on outdoor meetings will also be eased, to allow gatherings of up to 30 people.
Brits will be allowed to hug each other once again, but the PM urged people use "common sense".
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The social distancing guidance will be updated to allow for more intimate contact between relatives and friends – but wider social distancing rules will remain in place.
Indoor hospitality will return, and there will be no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol.
There will be no curfew, but there will still be a requirement for table service only.
The "Rule of six" will remain in place in pubs, restaurants and other indoor hospitality settings.
Indoor entertainment venues, such as museums, cinemas and children's play areas will also be allowed to reopen.
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The same goes for theatres, concert hall and conference centres.
All remaining accommodation is also permitted to reopen, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs.
Large events, including concerts and sports events will also be permitted from May 17, but there will be limits on capacity.
Up to 1,000 people, or 50% of a venue's capacity will be allowed to attend indoor events.
For outdoor events, the limit with be 4,000 people or 50% capacity – whichever is lower.
The guidance will also change for weddings, receptions and commemorative events, which can have 30 attendees.
For funerals, the cap on numbers will be lifted.
Up to five named visitors will be allowed to visit care homes.
And pupils at secondary school and colleges will no longer be required to wear face coverings in classrooms or communal areas.
From May 17 all remaining university students will be allowed to return to in-person teaching.
The ban on international travel for people in England will also be lifted.
The traffic light system will determine whether Brits retiring from countries will need to quarantine.
The green, amber and red lists for travel has already been announced.
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