All the new things you can do in Sheffield from today – and the lockdown rules still in place

Sheffield welcomes a long-awaited return to near normality with indoor pints and hugging allowed from today.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 7:45 am

Boris Johnson last week gave the green light to cautious hugging and the serving of pints inside pubs after months of strict restrictions.

People will be able to sit inside pubs, cinemas and theatres as lockdown eases further in England – and this time without any 10pm curfews.

It will be the first time since the New Year that pubs, bars and restaurants may reopen indoors.

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The reopening of pubs on April 12th 2021. The Riverside Kelham. Sheffield. Pictured are Andrew Hobson, Jim Rylatt, and Dill Young. Picture: Chris Etchells

But the measures were eased as top scientists called for caution and warned of a “perilous moment”, with the Indian variant feared to be as much as 50% more transmissible than the Kent strain.

Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children's play areas can open as can theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums.

Organised adult sports, gyms and exercise classes can restart indoors.

Sheffield Odeon, Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema and The Vue Cinema at Meadowhall are reopening on May 17. The Light Cinema Sheffield plans to reopen on Friday, May 28.

Here is an update on coronavirus measures across the four UK nations and what further changes will be made this week.

– What is happening in England?

From Monday, people in England will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30, and indoors in groups of six, or two households.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers indoors, although they will be limited to table service.

Other recreational venues such as cinemas, museums, theatres and concert halls will be allowed to reopen, although there will be capacity limits on large events.

Up to 30 people will be allowed at weddings, and the cap on the number of mourners attending funerals will be lifted, in line with the safe capacity of the venue.

Secondary school pupils will no longer be told to wear face masks in class and communal areas, and university students will return to campus for in-person lectures.

The “stay in the UK” restriction will lift and people will be able to travel to “green list” countries without having to quarantine, provided they take one post-arrival test.