Hugs are back on the cards for all, as Covid rules relax even further from today (May 17).

As outlined in the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown, Government guidance on limiting interaction with others and staying at home has eased today.

The most exciting moment for many today will be hugging their loved ones after more than one year of being apart, as the two-metre rule is no longer being enforced. Instead, individuals should "exercise caution", and consider the risk to yourself and those around you when choosing who and when you hug.

The number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings has increased to 30, with indoor gatherings of up to six people – or two households – also permitted.

Other changes to the rules include:

  • Indoor attractions can re-open, including cinemas, theatres, casinos, museums, children's indoor play areas and more, with necessary Covid-secure measures in place
  • Visitors can now attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sports and business events
  • Indoor hospitality businesses can fully re-open, with indoor dining now permitted
  • Indoor sport can take place for all
  • All holiday accommodation can re-open, including hotels and B&Bs, and can be used by up to six people, or two households
  • The limit on funeral attendance is no longer limited to 30, instead permitting the number of people who can safely social distance within the venue
  • The limit on weddings, wakes and other events has increased to 30 people
  • Five named visitors (two at any one time) can visit care home residents – provided they test negative for Covid-19
  • Higher education can begin in-person again
  • Support groups and parent and child group limits have been increased to 30 people (not including under 5s)
  • Traffic light system has been introduced for those wishing to travel to another country, and the rules – depending on which country travelled to – must be followed when returning to the UK

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