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Worcestershire welcomes further easing of Coronavirus restrictions

Published Monday, 17th May 2021

The next step of the Government’s plan to ease Coronavirus lockdown restrictions takes place today (Monday 17 May).

It is step 3 in the government’s roadmap out of lockdown and means that from today residents can enjoy the following:

  • Restaurants, bars, and pubs will be taking customers indoors with tables of six
  • Indoor gym classes can resume
  • Outdoor gatherings of up-to 30 people will be permitted
  • Hotels, B&Bs and hostels will re-open for guests
  • Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres, museums, and concert halls will re-open
  • Domestic overnight stays and international travel to ‘green list’ countries resumes
  • Care homes will allow up to five visitors and care home residents are able to leave their residence
  • Performances and sporting events with audiences up to 10,000 people can go ahead from 18 May.

The rules for other events in England are also changing, with up to 30 guests allowed to attend weddings, civil partnerships, wakes and other commemorative events.


Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing.


Hannah Perrott, Assistant Director for Communities, Worcestershire County Council said: “I’m sure many residents across the county will welcome the latest easing of restrictions.
“With an increase in the number of guests allowed to attend important ceremonies such as weddings, it means people are now able to share life events with many more loved ones.

“As the latest restrictions make it easier for everyone to spend time with more friends and family, for many businesses and indoor venues, today comes with the added celebration of being able to at last re-open their doors to long-awaited customers.”


Worcester City Art Gallery and Museums are marking this reopening with their new exhibition which explores the legacy of the world’s most famous ship, the Titanic. 

Deborah Fox, Senior Curator with Museums Worcestershire said: “The stories of Worcestershire residents who were on board the Titanic make this even more poignant. We look forward to welcoming visitors who are fascinated by this story as well as to welcoming visitors back safely to the Art Gallery & Museum as we reopen to the public following the national lockdown.”

The Titanic: Honour & Glory exhibition is free and runs from 17 May until 11 September more information can be found here: www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

More information on the latest Government Coronavirus guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do