Step 3 of the roadmap – GOV.UK updates


As you will have seen this week, the Prime Minister announced plans to proceed with Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap on 17 May. Based on available data, we have passed the four tests set out in the roadmap. This means that, as of 17 May, we will be able to take the next careful step towards opening our economy and easing restrictions. 

  • The limit for outdoor gatherings will be increased to 30 people. People from different households will be able to meet socially inside for the first time this year, in groups of up to 6 people or two households.
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than government rules with people asked to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19. 
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions will reopen, as will indoor hospitality. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain.
  • Remaining accommodation such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs will reopen and overnight stays within England will be allowed for groups of up to six people or two households.
  • Organised indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will resume.
  • Weddings, receptions and commemorative events including wakes can proceed with up to 30 attendees outdoors or in a COVID-Secure indoor venue. Other significant life events such as christenings or Bar/Bat Mitzvahs can be attended by a maximum of 30      people. We also announced on 3 May that the number of people who can attend a funeral will depend on how many the venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. 
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment will reopen.
  • Remaining University students can resume in-person teaching and learning.
  • Some large events, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events will be able to resume. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type.

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