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A medieval guide to the changes in the UK’s coronavirus rules

The rules relating to the pandemic are changing from today – Monday 17th of May – as the government’s unlocking road map keeps a tenuous hold on its schedule.

With some national and regional variations across England, Scotland and Wales, this is a rough guide to what we can do – with help from mediaeval art, from when people knew a thing or two about plagues.

1. Groups of six can meet indoors, or more if they’re from no more than two households.

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2. Indoor entertainment can reopen with reasonable precautions.


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3. Soft-play centres are back after being closed since the first lockdown.


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4. Foreign holidays will be permitted without the need for quarantine on return, as long as the country is on the green list.


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5. Varying lengths of quarantine are compulsory on return from countries on the amber or red lists.


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6. As many as 30 people can now attend religious celebrations, such as weddings.


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7. Most indoor sports training can recommence.


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8. All university students can return to campus.


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9. Pupils are no longer required to wear face masks in school.


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10. Hugging is allowed between people not in a bubble together.


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This is by no means exhaustive, so you can find a more detailed summary on the government’s website here.

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