Bank holiday Covid rules – everything you can and can't do

Monday is a public holiday and whatever the weather, people will make the most of every glimpse of the sun.

While we still can’t drink beer in a pub or gather together in houses, many of us will hang out with friends in a park or beer garden.

And there won’t be big gatherings, with the rule of six, even if you meet in the open air, the mirror Reports.

In Wales, gyms, fitness centers and community centers have all received the green light to open on Monday 3rd May. Expanded households can also meet indoors, allowing two households to come together in an exclusive bubble, and organized indoor activities for children can be restarted.

Here are the current rules that affect how we spend our time over the holiday:

What will be open on Monday?

The following is now open:

All children can participate in all indoor children’s activities, including sports.

You can meet friends and family in gardens, but not indoors

The rule of six returned in March, allowing people to hang out with another household or up to five friends or family members outside.

The maximum is either two households or six people – whichever is greater.

You can have a picnic in the park in a group of six or have a drink in a friend’s garden.

Downing Street confirmed in March that visitors can go into a house to use their bathroom – or walk through it to go into their yard for a picnic or a drink.

Do you have to order a “substantial meal” to get something to drink in a beer garden?

No-hospitality venues can be opened for outdoor service without the need to serve an extensive meal in addition to alcohol and no curfew.

The requirement to eat and drink while sitting remains – even when ordering – and the rules for social contact continue to apply.

Outdoor gatherings are still limited to six people.

Social distancing – and no hugging

Although you can meet outdoors, people are warned not to hug people who are not in their household or in their bladder.

If possible, you should keep a social distance of two meters with family and friends or one meter with moderation.

This rule should not be checked until May 17th.

The rules for weddings

Weddings, outdoor receptions, and memorial services including guards can now host up to 15 people.

The limit on the number of people at a funeral remains at 30.

There are no holidays abroad yet

It is still illegal to go abroad on vacation and that won’t change until May 17th at the earliest.

Lockdown roadmap dates in England

Step 1 (Part 1) – March 8th

  • Schools and colleges reopened
  • Two people can meet outside
  • Nursing home residents can have a nominated visitor, with testing and precautions for social distances

Step 1 (Part Two) – March 29th

  • Up to six people – or two households – can meet outside
  • Resumption of team sports and reopening of outdoor sports facilities
  • The stay at home rule ends

Step 2 – after April 12th

Step 3 – after May 17th

Step 4 – after June 21st

  • All restrictions on social contact are lifted
  • Last remaining venues such as nightclubs can be reopened


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