A taste of freedom

Restaurants will soon be full again, thanks to the latest round of Covid relaxations from May 17th

by Webmaster, 16th May 2021

Restaurants are no longer lying empty, thanks to the latest round of Covid rule relaxations from May 17th

Finally we are allowed to go for a pint without freezing under a damp umbrella, we can now dine inside our favourite restaurant and entertain our friends and family inside our own homes. 

Yes, Wales and England have finally relaxed restrictions further from May 17th, but what exactly can we do on either side of the Border? 

Indoor hospitality, with table service only, is now open in England and Wales and socialising inside the home is also allowed, so long as the rule of six is applied. There is a slight variation on the rule of six in Wales, however, as children under 11 years old are not included, so in effect, if you have children in your party, you can socialise in larger groups. Another slight differentiation is on hugging, as Mark Drakeford has said, ‘a cwtch is out of the question if that person is not part of your extended household’.

All holiday accommodation is now open on both sides of the Border, but again the rule of six applies if you are sharing a holiday let, for example. In England, tourists can travel abroad to green list countries and while officially the same applies in Wales, the first minister is urging people not to go abroad on holiday and only head overseas if they really need to.

Up to 30 people can take part in organised activities indoors, such as sports, and up to 50 people outdoors on both sides of the Border. Weddings in England are allowed to have up to 30 guests and the rules on funerals are relaxed even more to allow as many people as the venue will allow, so long as social distancing is abided by. 

Whereas in Wales, wedding receptions and wakes count as organised indoor activities and organised outdoor activities, which can have up to 30 and 50 people respectively. 

In England, care home residents can have up to five named visitors (two at any one time), providing they test negative for Covid and in Wales, the rule remains that residents can have up to two named visitors.

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