The Civic and Parish Church of Bournemouth

New easing of lockdown rules summary

Further lockdown restrictions are easing from 17 May

The government has announced that step 3 in the roadmap out of lockdown will go ahead on Monday 17 May. Read the changes to rules in full on

Here’s a summary of the key changes:

Seeing others

  • Groups of up to six people or two households can meet indoors (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible) 
  • Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people 
  • If you are meeting friends and family, you can make a personal choice on whether to keep your distance from them, but you should still be cautious. Read advice about meeting friends and family safely

Entertainment and activities

  • Indoor hospitality venues can reopen, including restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes  
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions can reopen, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas 
  • Organised indoor sport (including gym classes) will be able to take place for all

Events and ceremonies

  • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events – attendance will be capped according to venue type 
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes  
  • Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing

Travel and accommodation