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MAY the fun begin! But what are the rules?

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Today marks the day where we can finally start to HUG each other legally once again! As well the ability to plan limited but international holidays.

The Prime Minister signals a warning that there is a need for a “heavy dose of caution” as fear grows that a surge in cases could potentially set us back, once again. Covid is still around, let us not forget the danger it poses, it is key to stay safe and cautions, even under the new eased restrictions.

We have now entered STEP 3. But what does that mean? What are the new restrictions and what can we do? Here is a look at what is enforced from today onwards.

Customers and landlords are expected to follow these rules:

  • Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants can serve customers indoors.
  • Groups of up to six – or two households of any size – are allowed inside.
  • Groups seated outside may have up to 30 people.
  • Landlords are expected to make sure all customers over 16 check in with NHS track and trace or provide contact details.
  • People still need to order, eat and drink while seated, where alcohol is served.
  • When not seated – for example being shown to a table or going to the toilet – customers must wear face coverings.
  • Social distancing between groups is encouraged.
  • Capacity is restricted to what is possible with social distancing and table service.


From today onwards, 17TH May, England, Scotland and Wales will be allowed to travel to several green listed countries! Pack your sun cream and shades, time to get away!

A traffic light system in being put in places to categorise countries on availability of travel- green, amber and red.

Visiting green light countries involves the fewest rules and there is no quarantine when travellers return. The ranking of countries depends partly on the number of Covid-19 cases and the success of their vaccine rollout.

Which countries are holidaymakers allowed to visit without quarantining?

The 12 countries and territories on the green list are:

  • Portugal
  • Israel
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brunei
  • Iceland
  • Gibraltar
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Tristan de Cunha and Ascension Island

AND of course don’t forget the beautiful Lake District!

This list will be revised every three weeks! Where new countries may be added! However, not all green list destinations are open for tourism and the government says it is travellers’ responsibility to check.


The team at St Johns Staff Hire is delighted that things are starting to look up once again! Fingers crossed this is the first big step towards normality!

Go and give someone a hug!!

#HugAway #PubTime

Sourced from: BBC, Guardian.

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