Family and friends will be able to hug from next week as Covid restrictions continue to be relaxed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will confirm relatives who do not come from the same household will be able to legally hug starting Monday May 17 – provided infections remain low.
Mr Johnson is expected to stress the need to use common sense as part of the social distancing review, but everyone should give their “personal judgment” after May 17th Sunday Telegraph reports.
The Prime Minister will reportedly confirm that while funerals for up to 30 mourners can take place from May 17 – one month ahead of schedule – the rules for weddings and “other life or memorial services” remain unchanged mirror Reports.
Pubs and restaurants that have had problems in the past 12 months can finally give customers access – but social distancing measures remain in place.
Customers have to order, eat and drink while seated. There will be no curfew and no one will be required to have a “full meal” with alcohol.
People are allowed to meet in groups of up to 30 people in beer gardens or in places that can be eaten outdoors.
Indoor hospitality venues such as cinemas and music venues are allowed to open – but they cannot yet operate at full capacity.
Hotels, hostels and B & Bs as well as children’s playgrounds are allowed to reopen.
People can again participate in indoor group sports, and exercise classes can begin at gyms, leisure centers, and other venues.
If the third stage goes well, June 21st will be the crucial time when all restrictions could be lifted.