Restaurants & Pubs to Open Doors on 17th May, PM confirms
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that hospitality will be allowed to serve customers indoor from 17th May as announced in the roadmap few months ago. However, social distancing rules must apply with maximum of 6 of two households and groups up to 30 can meet in any outdoor setting.
This is certainly a sigh of relief for restaurateurs and publicans with or without outdoor seating considering the unpredictable weather since last few weeks.
The Caterer further adds that “all hotels, hostels and B&Bs will also be able to open, rather than just those offering self-contained accommodation, as well as conference centres.”
So what is changing from 17th May
- Hospitality Venues: People will be able to meet indoors in groups of up to six or as two households.
- Weddings: Weddings, receptions and other life events can take place with up to 30 people. The cap on numbers attending funerals will depend on the size of the venue.
- Entertainment and sport: Indoor entertainment where social distancing is possible will also be able to resume, including cinemas, museums and children’s play areas. Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadia will have capacity limits in place. Organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors and saunas and steam rooms will reopen.
- Hotels and B&Bs: Hotels, hostels and B&Bs in the UK will allow overnight stays in groups of up to six people or two households.
- Schools and universities: Students will no longer be expected to wear face coverings in classrooms or in communal areas in secondary schools and colleges as a result of decreasing infection rates. Twice weekly home testing will remain in place. School trips with overnight stays will also now be possible.
Sources: The Guardian & The Caterer