Stage three of the government road map went ahead as planned at midnight, with up to six people or two different households now allowed to meet indoors. Hugs and other physical contact between ‘close friends and family’ are now permitted for the first time since Covid-19 restrictions began.
Pubs and restaurants can now welcome customers back indoors, although anyone visiting a pub must remain seated to order, eat and drink. The one-metre (3ft) rule remains in place in public settings such as pubs, shops and restaurants. You should wear a face mask when walking around these places.
Groups of up to 30 people outside are allowed, but bigger groups are illegal.