Above all be sensible.

Under the latest easing of lockdown restrictions from next Monday:

• People in England will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 people; and meet indoors in groups of up to six people, or as two households. Children of any age, including babies, will count towards the limit of six people indoors
• People will have the choice whether to socially distance with close family and friends they are meeting up with. But they are urged to remain cautious about the risks of hugging
• Secondary schools and colleges will no longer require pupils to wear masks in classrooms or communal areas
• All university students will be able to return to in-person teaching
• Pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to serve people indoors, while cinemas, museums and indoor children’s play areas will reopen
• Theatres, concert venues, conference centres and sports stadiums can reopen, albeit with limits on the size of audiences and crowds
• Adult sports can resume indoors and saunas and steam rooms can reopen
• People will be allowed to stay overnight somewhere else in the UK in groups of up to six people, or two households
• People will be able to travel abroad to those countries on the “green list”
• Weddings, receptions and other life events will be allowed to take place with up to 30 people
• The cap on the number of people allowed to attend funerals will be lifted, in line with how many people can be safely accommodated in venues
• Care home residents will be able to have up to five named visitors and allowed greater freedoms to make visits out of their homes

On the new rules on hugging family and friends, Mr Johnson said the country was “taking a step toward that moment when we learn to live responsibly with COVID” and “when we cease eventually to rely on detailed government edicts and make our own decisions – based on the best scientific advice – about how to protect our families and those around us”.



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