Too early to say if pubs will fully reopen on May 17, says minister

It is “too early to say” whether all hospitality businesses can open on May 17, said senior government minister George Eustice.

May 17 is the earliest date on which pubs could serve people indoors, hotels could reopen, and vacation travel could be allowed.

When asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show whether the UK is on track to reopen all indoor hospitality on May 17th, and if it depends on vaccination certificates, the Environment Secretary said, “Well, it’s too early to say something.

“But I think we are on the right track in the sense that we are on the right track with the introduction of the vaccination program.

“We have now vaccinated all over 50s and this week they are also offering vaccinations for those under 50, starting with 45 to 59 year olds – so this is on the right track.

“But we’re a little careful here. Although we have now vaccinated 60% of the adult population, all we need to do is monitor these worrying variants closely.

“Also take a look at the effects of the easing and easing just made before you move on to the next stage.”

Boris Johnson has announced that a week earlier on May 10th it will be announced whether the easing of the roadmap will take place on May 17th.

According to the current plan, pubs, cafes and restaurants should be able to welcome people back into the house on May 17th.

Other indoor locations to be opened in step 3 are indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas. the rest of the lodging sector, including hotels, hostels and B & Bs; and indoor group sports and exercise classes for adults.

The government will also hold some larger indoor performances and sporting events with a capacity of 1,000 people or half full (whichever is lower) and outdoor areas with a capacity of 4,000 people or half full (whichever is) allow lower number). The largest outdoor seating, where the crowd can spread out, can hold up to 10,000 people (or a quarter full, whichever is lower).

From May 17 at the earliest, up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and guards. This limit also applies to other types of significant life events, including bar mitzvah and baptism.

Most of the legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors are lifted. The rule of 6 or 2 households applies indoors.

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