Lockdown easing: What’s changing in England from 17th May

  • Up to 30 people can gather outdoors in England
  • Indoors, six people (or two households of any size) can meet, with overnight stays allowed

Children of all ages are included in headcounts, but professional carers are not. Support bubbles count as one household.


Is there a safe way of hugging?

























Hugs should be short and not face-to-face says Prof Cath Noakes, a member of the Sage committee advising the government.

Speaking in a personal capacity, she said it would worry her “if we were advocating we could hug all of our friends every time we meet them again”.

She added: “The reality is that when you hug someone you are very close to them and we know the virus is in people’s breath.