More Sunderland City Council venues are set to reopen this week as part of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Boris Johnson confirmed that from Monday, May 17 people can meet inside private homes, and pubs and restaurants can allow customers indoors again.
Pupils will also no longer be required to wear face masks at school and many people will be allowed to hug for the first time in months.
However, the Government's medical experts say people should exercise their own judgment when hugging because it's still the most likely way of passing on coronavirus.
And as lockdown eases a number of Sunderland Council venues will reopen next week.
Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "It's fantastic to see venues which our residents have really missed reopening and expanding the services they're able to offer following the latest easing of restrictions.
"It’s thanks to the hard work of everyone that we’re able to move forward and this is another important milestone on the road back to normality.
"Covid rates are low at the moment but the virus is still in circulation so we need to make sure that we all keep doing what our residents have been doing so brilliantly since the start of the pandemic by continuing to follow the guidance in place to keep us all safe.
"That means following the latest guidance, remembering hands, face, space and fresh air, getting both doses of the vaccine when you’re offered them and helping find people who might be carrying Covid without knowing it by making regular testing part of our lives.
"This will become even more important as we get out and about more and begin to mix in larger numbers such as at organised events."
The full list of Sunderland City Council venues reopening from May 17 include:
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will reopen to the public from 10am on Monday, May 17.
Initially, only the ground floor will be open to allow the City Council to complete repairs and improvements which are currently underway, with the remaining areas opening in the coming weeks.
Arts Centre Washington
Arts Centre Washington will reopen on Tuesday, May 18.
Visit www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk for full information including opening hours.
Everyone Active Centres
Everyone Active Centres are following a staged reopening based on national guidance.
The following will restart from Monday; indoor adult sport, group fitness classes, soft play, adult swimming lessons, café indoor table and takeaway.
Outdoor sports, gyms, swimming pools, U18 swimming lessons, children indoor sport and activity and parent-child classes are already open.
More information is available at www.everyoneactive.com
Sunderland's three Football Hubs
The football hubs have reopened based on national guidance.
You can find out more at:
- Washington Hub: www.facebook.com/footballwashington
- Ford Hub: www.facebook.com/footballford
- Downhill Hub: www.facebook.com/footballdownhill
Libraries open in line with national guidance on libraries.
Public access IT will be available by pre-booked appointment only by contacting 0191 561 6382.
Digital services continue including books at home at: www.sunderland.gov.uk/libraries
The City Council's Customer Service Centre
The City Council's Customer Service Centre at Fawcett Street remains open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 4pm.
Visits to the centre will be by pre-booked appointment unless making a cash payment only, and can be made by calling 0800 234 6084.
Services will also remain available online and we will continue to run our freephone number for those without internet access.
Derwent Hill Outdoor Education and Training Centre
Derwent Hill Outdoor Education and Training Centre in Keswick is reopening to residential school visits.