Boris Johnson will ease restrictions in the UK from 17 May

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On Monday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a major reopening of the economy from May 17th. The Cabinet will sign the third phase of easing COVID-19 restrictions in England. Johnson estimates that the epidemic is under control and that life is returning to normal.

“Now, we hope to be able to open it cautiously, but irreversibly,” the prime minister said at a Downing Street press conference. Most businesses in all sectors, except for those at higher risk, will be able to reopen their doors, including bar services, such as traditional bars and restaurants. This relaxation will happen as some restrictions on trips abroad are eased.

Hotels and cinemas will reopen and indoor sports can also resume. Some big shows and sporting events may reopen to paying viewers, with restrictions.

With restrictions eased, the British would also be able to meet separately indoors, with a maximum of six people or two families. Weddings can accommodate up to 30 guests. On the other hand, gatherings of more than 30 people, even in open spaces, will still be prohibited.

* With international agencies.

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