Leeds lockdown changes: Everything you can and can't do today under phase three of Government's road map

Lockdown restrictions in Leeds and across England have been relaxed today as indoor hospitality and entertainment reopens.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 4:45 am

Hugs and other physical contact between households will also be permitted for the first time since restrictions began more than a year ago.

But Boris Johnson has called for a “heavy dose of caution” as indoor socialising and physical contact resumes against the backdrop of concerns over the Indian coronavirus variant.

The measures are being eased as top scientists warn of a “perilous moment”, with the Indian variant feared to be as much as 50 per cent more transmissible than the Kent strain.

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Restrictions in Leeds will ease today under phase three of the Government's road map out of lockdown

But what exactly can you do in Leeds from today? Here are the new rules in full:

- What are the new rules on social distancing?

The government has eased restrictions on seeing friends and family, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.

It's up to you whether you want to hug family and friends. But social distancing in public spaces will continue.

People can choose to hug family and friends, but social distancing in public spaces will continue (Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.

Indoors, the Rule of Six or two households will still apply.

- Which businesses can reopen?

Outdoor performances such as outdoor cinemas, outdoor theatres and outdoor cinemas can reopen.

Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen.

- How many people can attend sporting events?

Larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will also be allowed, as will those in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4000 people or half-full (whichever is lower).

In the largest outdoor seated venues where crowds can spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower). Fans will return to Elland Road for the last game of the season.

- What are the rules for weddings?

Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. Other life events that will be permitted include bar mitzvahs and christenings.

- Will the next phase of the road map go ahead?

It had been hoped all legal limits on social contact would be removed from June 21, with nightclubs opening and legal restrictions on events removed.

But Mr Johnson has warned the Indian variant could jeopardise plans to end legal restrictions on June 21.

Clubs and gatherings of more than 30 people indoors will remain prohibited until the fourth and final phase of the road map.

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