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Changes to indoor hospitality regulations from 17 May

Step 3 out of lockdown

The government’s next step out of lockdown starts this coming Monday (17 May).

The easing of restrictions will see much of the high street and leisure reopen, as well as residents being able to meet family and friends indoors.

  • Up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors. 
  • Indoor dining can resume in pubs and restaurants. The Rule of Six will apply to indoor dining.
  • Cinemas, play areas, theatres, concert halls, hotels, hostels, BnBs, and sports stadiums (subject to capacity limit) can all open.
  • See friends and family indoors, in groups of six or as two households.
  • Adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors.
  • Weddings, receptions can take place with up to 30 people.
  • Pilot of larger events with mass testing.

Read the full guidance on the government’s website.

With more business set to reopen including indoor dining, indoor entertainment and indoor group exercise there are even more opportunities to help support local businesses Ealing.

Check before you go

Don’t forget to check out your business online before you head out as they may have changed their opening hours or implemented new booking arrangements to reduce visitor numbers and limit social contact.  Ealing Council’s regulatory services team has also put together a list of signs that you should look out for to know a business is keeping you safe. But, it is up to all of us to continue to follow public health guidelines while supporting local businesses to help keep everyone safe.

The best way to stay safe

As lockdown eases residents are urged to continue to follow public health guidance. That means following the hands, face, space rule when outside of the house and around other people.

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly
  • Face- wear a face covering
  • Space – keep you distance from others

Get tested

Rapid tests are available throughout the borough at a number of sites as well as over 50 local pharmacies. You can just turn up and collect a testing kit, but are encouraged to book in advance.

Residents are encouraged to take one of these test twice a week to make sure that they do not have COVID-19 and are keeping themselves and others safe.

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