Which businesses can reopen from 17th May?



Coronavirus restrictions will now be eased further, with the next stage of the lockdown roadmap going ahead on May 17th 2021.


Here are the businesses allowed to reopen from today:

  • Pubs (indoor serving)

  • Restaurants (indoor serving)

  • Steam rooms

  • Saunas

  • Cinemas

  • Bingo halls

  • Children's play areas

  • Hotels, hostels and B&B's

  • Bowling alleys

  • Big events (with capacity)

  • Sports stadiums (with capacity)

  • Theatres

  • Concert halls (with limits on attendees)

  • Museums and galleries

  • Adventure playgrounds and activities

  • Amusement arcades and adult gaming centres

  • Casinos

  • Skating rinks

  • Games, recreation and entertainment venues such as escape rooms and laser quest

  • Model villages

  • Snooker and pool halls

  • Trampolining parks

  • Water and aqua parks

  • Indoor visitor attractions at theme parks and film studios

  • Indoor attractions at zoos, safari parks, aquariums and other animal attractions

  • Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, greenhouses and biomes

  • Indoor attractions at sculpture parks

  • Indoor attractions at landmarks including observation wheels or viewing platforms

  • Indoor attractions at stately or historic homes, castles, or other heritage sites

  • Conference centres and exhibition halls, including for the purposes of business events (subject to the capacity limits)


Some of the other changes coming into force are:


  • Groups of up to six people or two households can meet indoors and overnight visits are allowed.

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors.

  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions wakes and other life events.

  • The number of people who can attend a funeral is determined by how many people the venue can accommodate with social distancing.

  • Care home residents can have up to five named visitors (two at a time), provided visitors test negative.