All the businesses opening in two weeks as countdown to indoor pubs begins

Most people are finally admitting that it has been far too cold to sit in pub gardens over the last few weeks and sights are now focused on indoor pubs reopening.

If all goes to plan and it is confirmed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson then this should, fingers crossed, happen on May 17 – just two weeks away.

Some of the other venues still stuck in lockdown that people are chomping at the bit to get back to include cinemas, theatres and bingo halls.

And for all those that prefer to eat out with friends and family May 17 will bring the return of inside dining at restaurants.

For the next step of freedom to become a reality over the next 14 days coronavirus infections must remain low and vaccinations must remain on track.

Officials will also be keeping an eye on new variants which could scupper plans if they take hold within the population.

On April 12 non-essential shops, hairdressers, salons and gyms reopened and experts have been buoyant to see that there has been no significant increases in Covid transmission over that time.

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It was also announced on Monday that there will be no limit on the number of people allowed to attend funerals from May 17, reports the Mirror.

Other significant changes coming on May 17 include meeting with group of six people or two households indoors (including the home), overnight stays including hotels and B&Bs and outside groups up to 30 people.

Which businesses will reopen on May 17?

Businesses that can reopen from May 17 if the roadmap stays as scheduled, includes:

  • Pubs (indoor dining)
  • Restaurants (indoor dining)
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Concert halls
  • Amusement arcades
  • Bingo halls
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys
  • Snooker and pool halls
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Conference centres and exhibition halls (subject to the capacity limits)

Gym classes with groups will also be permitted from this date.

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The following indoor attractions will also be allowed to open:

  • Museums and galleries
  • Adventure playgrounds and activities
  • Skating rinks
  • Games and recreation venues
  • Play areas
  • Model villages
  • Trampolining parks
  • Water and aqua parks
  • Theme parks and film studios
  • Zoos, safari parks, aquariums and other animal attractions
  • Botanical gardens, greenhouses and biomes
  • Sculpture parks
  • Landmarks including observation wheels or viewing platforms
  • Stately or historic homes, castles, or other heritage sites

Which businesses are not allowed to open on May 17?

  • Nightclubs
  • Adult entertainment venues
  • Large events

The fourth and final step should come, at the earliest, on June 21 where it is hoped all legal limits on social contact can be removed.

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