Johnson expected to confirm restriction easing

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to confirm restriction easing restaurants and pubs reopening indoors 17 May

Related tags: Coronavirus, lockdown, Government

Boris Johnson is expected to confirm that hospitality venues will be able to open for indoor trading from 17 May, as part of the next stage of restrictions being lifted.

The Prime Minister will host a press conference at 5pm today (10 May) where he will confirm the further easing of restrictions, with pubs and restaurants able serve groups of six, or two households indoors for the first time since December last year.

The next stage of the Government’s roadmap will also see hotels and B&B's able to reopen.

Meanwhile, social contact rules in outdoor hospitality settings will be relaxed to allow groups of up to 30 people to congregate.

Speaking last night (9 May), Johnson said: “The data reflects what we already knew — we are not going to let this virus beat us.

“The road map remains on track, our successful vaccination programme continues — more than two thirds of adults in the UK have now had the first vaccine — and we can now look forward to unlocking cautiously but irreversibly.”

It is also understood that restrictions on indoor hospitality in Wales and Scotland will also be eased on 17 May, although this is expected to not be confirmed until later this week.

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