Covid restrictions will be further eased from Monday, May 17 – yet there are still some things people will not be allowed to do.
Boris Johnson announced during a Downing Street press conference on Monday (May 10) that Step 3 of his roadmap out of lockdown would be going ahead as planned as data showed the “four tests” had been met.
People from two households, or six people, will be able to meet indoors and pubs and restaurants can also start taking bookings inside.
The “stay in the UK” restriction will also be lifted and people will be able to go on holiday to “green list” countries.
But what can’t you still do? BerkshireLive has already listed all the things that you will be able to do. Below is our guide on all the things that you still can’t do.
Go to a nightclub
That long-awaited return to sticky nightclub floors will continue until June 21 at the earliest.
Nightclubs have been closed throughout the whole of the pandemic and there still isn’t a guarantee they will reopen again if and when Step 4 comes into force, with the government only committing to a “hope” that all other premises can begin trading again.
Not wear a face mask
Face mask rules look to stay in the immediate future, with there no sign of them disappearing even after June 21.
People will be expected to wear them on public transport, in supermarkets, shopping centres, theatres and other venues.
However, the PM did say they would no longer have to be worn in schools from May 17.
Have an unlimited wedding guest list – and dance
For some this may be secretly something worth celebrating as bring an end to those arguments on whether to invite that distant relative you haven’t seen since you were 10.
Only a maximum of 30 people will be able to attend a wedding, but you won’t be able to dance.
The government says “dancing should not be permitted due to the increased risk of transmission”. However, the happy couple will be able to have a “first dance”.
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Work in the office
Office workers are still advised to work from home if they can. That guidance is expected to stay in force until June 21, at the earliest, meaning you’ll have to wait a little longer for those water-cooler moments.
Yet those who cannot work from home should go to their place of work, the government says, and “employers should consider whether home working is appropriate for workers facing mental or physical health difficulties, or those with a particularly challenging home working environment”.
Ditch the Covid test
Covid tests look like staying with us for the time being, be it the twice-weekly lateral flow or the PCR test for those much-needed holidays abroad.