Caption: Boris Johnson to give press conference on when we can hug again
Brits will finally be allowed to hug each other again for the first time in months – the prime minister is set to announce.
It will be the first time people not from the same social bubble have been officially allowed to hug since the third lockdown.
But the report added Johnson would stress people should use ‘personal judgment’ and ‘common sense’ when getting close to others after the third stage of lockdown easing.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove confirmed hugging would be restored.
He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘As we move into Stage Three of our roadmap, it will be the case that we will see people capable of meeting indoors.
‘And without prejudice to a broader review of social distancing, it is also the case that friendly contact – intimate contact – between friends and family is something we want to see restored.’
When asked if that meant people could hug from May 17, he said: ‘Yes’.
Number 10 did not deny the reports but said no decisions had been made.
The PM will also announce funerals for up to 30 people can take place from May 17 but the rules for weddings are not expected to change, the Telegraph report adds.
Couples will still only be allowed 30 guests at a wedding or indoor reception.
The rule of six will still be in force for indoor meetups, although more than six people may meet inside if there are no more than two households mixing at once.
Overnight stays at each other’s homes will also be allowed.
Similarly, indoor hospitality venues, including pubs and restaurants, will begin welcoming guests and letting groups of up to six people share a table inside.
From May 17, pubs and restaurants, will begin welcoming guests and letting groups of up to six people share a table inside (EPA)
Meanwhile, the limit on outdoor gatherings is expected to be increased from six to 30.
Indoor exercise classes, museums, cinemas and indoor children’s play areas will also reopen.
Some controlled larger indoor and outdoor events will be permitted, with the Government carrying out pilot schemes to figure out how this would work.
Johnson is also set to confirm changes to care home rules, with residents permitted to visit a family member’s garden or a park without the need to quarantine for two weeks afterwards.
Lastly, holidays abroad to some destinations will be permitted after this date.
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