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Changes to Covid Restrictions Announced Today 17 May 2021

Today, the Government has confirmed changes to the restrictions put in place during the pandemic.

One of the key changes is being able to see people indoors and of course, changes around physical contact with our family.

Gathering limits have been eased
Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).

New guidance on meeting friends and family
The new guidance emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution.

You can meet up indoors with friends and family you do not live with, either:

- in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6)

- in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)

- If you are eligible to form a support bubble, you and your support bubble count as one household towards the limit of 2 households when meeting others indoors. This means, for example, that you and your support bubble can meet with another household, even if the total group size is more than 6 people.

The latest guidance can be found here: Covid Restrictions - 17 May 2021