PM confirms indoor hospitality and entertainment can resume from 17 May 2021

Today (10 May 2021) the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a statement (that you can download below) confirming that the move to step 3 of his four-step ‘roadmap’ plan for England (announced on 22 February 2021) will take place on the originally projected date of Monday 17 May.

That statement includes the following passages:

This means the Rule of Six or two households that has applied outdoors, will now apply indoors and the limit for outdoor meetings will increase to 30. From next Monday you will be able to sit inside a pub and inside a restaurant. You’ll be able to go to the cinema and children will be able to use indoor play areas. We’re re-opening hostels, hotels, and B&Bs. We’ll re-open the doors of our theatres, concert halls and business conference centres and unlock the turnstiles of our sports stadia, subject to capacity limits. And from next week everyone will be able to travel within Britain and stay overnight …..

….. Subject to the impact of step 3 on the data, we remain on track to move to step 4 on 21st June and to give businesses more time to prepare, we’ll be saying more later this month about exactly what the world will look like and what role there could be – if any – for certification and social distancing.

UPDATE: On 11 May 2021, the Government published updated guidance for:

  • those who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways (accessible on the website here) and
  • those who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows (accessible on the website here).