All the things you still can’t do after May 17 – including going to a nightclub

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Lockdown restrictions are easing today, May 17, with indoor mixing finally on the cards again.

Up to six people from different households, or two households of any size can now meet inside.

This, among other easing of restrictions, forms part of Step Three of the government's roadmap out of lockdown.

Step Three is set to bring some of the biggest changes we've seen since the start of lockdown in January 2021.

Despite lockdown easing and a sense of normality starting to resume, there are still a number of restrictions in place.

Here we take a look at some of the things you'll still not be able to do after May 17.

Shop without a face mask

You will still need to wear a face mask in indoor public places where you can't keep a social distance, such as on public transport.

You'll also be expected to wear one at the supermarket, in retail stores and in restaurants when you're not seated at a table.

However, from May 17, secondary school pupils and college students in England are no longer required to wear face coverings in class and communal areas.

Hug everyone

From May 17, people in England can hug family and close friends, but they are urged to use their "personal judgement".

Wider social distance rules are still in place, meaning you shouldn't be hugging strangers you've just met on a night out.

People have been asked to use "common sense". The vaccine offers some protection, but does not make you fully immune to Covid-19.

Go to a nightclub

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Restaurants and pubs will now be able to open for serving indoors, as well as outdoors.

However, night clubs remain closed, as they have done since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he hopes to reopen nightclubs from June 21.

Dance at a wedding

Weddings can now go ahead at a Covid-secure venue with up to 30 people present.

Social distancing between people who don't live together is not required, but people are still urged to exercise caution and be mindful of the risks of transmission.

However, dancing is sadly advised against due to the increased risk of transmission. Although the couple are allowed to have their first dance.

Stand close to people in public places

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Despite England allowing some physical contact between family and close friends, you'll still need to keep a social distance from others.

Essentially, the "one-metre plus" rule will stay in place until at least June 21.

You will have to follow this rule in most public places such as supermarkets, bars, restaurants and public transport.

Work in an office

Those in England are still being asked to work from home if they can, despite the "stay at home" rule ending on March 29.

The government website states: "People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes."

It is unlikely there will be any changes to this message until at least June 21.

Have a big house party

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Indoor mixing is now allowed, but the rule of six is still in force.

This means gatherings of huge numbers in someone's house will still be off limits.

However, you can still meet inside with a group of six people from different households, or two households of any size.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people is also legal.

Go on holiday wherever you want

The ban on international travel is lifted today, with green list countries being an option for those wanting to go back on holiday.

However, the government advises against travelling to countries on the amber and red list.

It is no longer against the law to travel to these places, but you will have to complete a passenger locator form, take several coronavirus tests and quarantine after returning.

Those returning from countries on the red list will have to book a quarantine hotel package, which they will have to pay for.

Here is a full list of everything you can and can't do from today, May 17.

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