COVID Roadmap: What will the changes be from May 17th?

Lockdown is expected to ease again in England from May 17th - Indoor mixing and the reopening of indoor entertainment and hospitality means we won't be dependent on sunny intervals to see friends and family.


On May 10th, Boris Johnson confirmed step three of the roadmap for England will go ahead, meaning from May 17th, six people or two households will be allowed to mix indoors. 


Mr Johnson hailed the easing of lockdown as a "very considerable step on the road back to normality".


You can meet family and friends indoors.


Groups of up to six or two different households will be allowed to mix indoors. The rule of six will be scrapped for outdoor mixing, meaning up to 30 people can meet outdoors. 


Hugging is back. 


Hugging between close family and friends will be allowed. However, people will "be urged to remain cautious".


Overnight stays. 


Overnight stays with different households will be permitted. The accommodation sector is also set to return with hotels and B&Bs reopening, meaning that staycations are back.


Hospitality reopens indoor. 


The rule of six will apply for groups wanting to eat or drink indoors. However, the rule will be scrapped for outdoor dining, meaning people can meet up to 30 people in an outdoor beer garden or restaurant. 


Indoor entertainment reopens.


Cinemas, theatres and bowling alleys will reopen, with rules likely to differ for different size venues. 


Foreign travel is back. 


International travel will safely start to return, with people able to book holidays to any of the Green Listed countries. Find out more.


Gym and fitness classes will return. 


Indoor gym and sports classes will resume. 


To find out more, click here.


Whilst we look forward to life getting back to normal, the virus has not gone away. We’re here to help you get back to normal life safely, our Everyday Pack & Commuter Pack are offered at a discounted price so you can protect yourself and others whilst you are out and about.