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Step 3 – 17 May

Update to restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services guidance (England)

May 17 is set to be the next significant step on the roadmap out of lockdown as most indoor places will reopen.

Step three of the government’s roadmap will see pubs and restaurants reopen indoors for the first time in months, meaning you won’t have to brave the cold and wet weather outdoors for much longer.

May 17 will also see cinemas, bowling alleys and children’s play areas reopen and crowds being allowed to attend sporting events.

It’s important to remember that when pubs and restaurants open up indoors, restrictions will be in place.

However, there will, thankfully, be no rules about ordering a substantial meal this time.

Here are the important rules to be aware of:

The guidance has been updated with some information for Step 3 (no earlier than 17 May) of the roadmap and contains steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus.
In addition to the info below, business should make sure that they are familiar with the UK government guidance to ensure that they make their business safe during coronavirus.

Following the move to Step 3, businesses will be able to:
— Reopen indoor areas of their venues.
— Serve customers in groups of up to 6 or 2 households indoors, or in groups of up to 30 outdoors.

There will also be some relaxation of rules around live performances, business events and soft play areas. Businesses may wish to erect outdoor shelters. To be considered ‘outdoors’, shelters, marquees and other structures can have a roof but need to have at least 50% of the area of their walls open at all times whilst in use.

Table service will be required for venues that serve alcohol, even if no alcohol is ordered, this means customers must order, be served and eat/drink while seated. If a venue does not serve alcohol, customers can order and collect food and drink from a counter. But they must consume food and drink while seated at a table.

We Look forward to welcoming our businesses back as they open their doors to visitors and residents.#AtHomeInSkipton