Step 3 on the government’s ‘roadmap’ back to freedom comes into effect as of 17 May

As of 17 May, residents of Northamptonshire and across England will take Step 3 on the four-step ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, with further freedoms legally allowed.
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You can now meet people indoors, but the ‘Rule of 6’ or 2 households will still apply. If you are meeting friends and family, you can make a personal choice on whether to keep your distance from them, but you should still be cautious. You can also meet whoever you like outdoors, at distance, but gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.

Indoor hospitality is reopening - and as in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated.

Other indoor locations which can open today are indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes.

The government will now also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half- full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).

In all sectors, COVID-secure guidance will remain in place and will be subject to inspection by Environmental Health Officers.

Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. Capacity will depend on the size of the venue and compliance with social distancing rules. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Nightclubs will remain closed until the nation takes the final step on the ‘roadmap’ Step 4, not before 21 June.

Public Health officials remind people to follow the advice on how to mix safely, given the official lifting of restrictions. They are also urging residents to take a lateral flow test twice weekly and get vaccinated when the call comes.

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