The latest easing of coronavirus rules in Wales has been confirmed by the Welsh Government and First Minister Mark Drakeford is due to make a further announcement on Friday.
From Monday (May 17) cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants will be allowed to open indoors again.
Falling coronavirus cases and the success of the vaccination rollout means that restrictions are also being relaxed on that day for other parts of the UK.
Rules in most countries currently allow people to gather in small groups outdoors, as well as enjoy outdoor dining at pubs, cafes and restaurants, although a lot of measures are still in place.
In England and Scotland Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon have respectively said people will be able to hug loved ones from Monday.
Here is what will change in the different countries in the UK from Monday:
The Welsh Government made an announcement for hospitality venues on Tuesday night. First Minister Mark Drakeford is also expected to make another announcement on Friday, at the end of the latest three-week review.
The details will be confirmed at the latest coronavirus briefing at 12.15pm on Friday (May 14).
Here is what we know about the changes from Monday:
Earlier this week Boris Johnson confirmed that England is moving to Step 3 of the lockdown roadmap from Monday.
Some of the most high-risk sectors will be allowed to reopen, with Covid-secure guidance in place.
This will include the reopening of:
- Indoor hospitality, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain.
- Outdoor theatres and cinemas.
- Museums, cinemas and children’s play areas.
- Accommodation, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs.
- Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes.
- Some large events, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events.
- International travel can resume with a list of green countries that have been issued by the Government. You don't have to quarantine or self isolate when coming back from these countries. The rules are here.
- Weddings, receptions, funerals, and commemorative events, including wakes, can also go ahead from this date with up to 30 attendees.
- Most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted, but gatherings of more than 30 people outdoors will remain illegal.
- Indoors, people will be able to meet socially in a group of six, or with one other household.
Most of Scotland will move from Level 3 restrictions to Level Two from Monday in the latest easing of Covid restrictions.
The new changes mean that three households will be able to mix indoors and there are new rules for pubs, but there is concern about a serious outbreak in the north-east of the country.
At Level 2, you can meet socially in groups of up to:
- Four adults from two households in private homes – and can stay overnight.
- Six adults from three households in an indoor public place, such as a café, pub or restaurant.
- Eight adults from eight households outdoors.
- All hospitality venues will be allowed to open until 10.30pm indoors with alcohol allowed to be served but customers can only stay for two hours at a time.
- All organised sport and exercise activity can go ahead, except adult indoor contact sports.
- Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music venues, comedy clubs, amusement arcades, and bingo halls can open, subject to capacity constraints.
- Outdoor and indoor events can resume, with a maximum capacity of 100 indoors, 500 in outdoor seated venues, and 250 in outdoor free-standing venues, subject to physical distancing capacity requirements.
- Universities and colleges can return to a more blended model of learning.
- Adult organised non-professional performance arts can resume outdoors.
Northern Ireland is further behind other countries of the UK, with the majority of changes due to take place on May 24, rather than May 17.
The Northern Ireland Executive has given this as a provisional date when more restrictions might be lifted, including:
At the moment there are travel restrictions for anyone travelling to Northern Ireland. If you are staying more than 24 hours, you have to self isolate for 10 days. An announcement on this is due on Thursday, May 13.