What can I do from 17 May?

As England prepares to move into Step 3 of the government's Roadmap out of Lockdown, we update you on all the changes and what they mean for you and our venues/services.

With England preparing to move into Step 3 of the Roadmap out of Lockdown from Monday 17 May, we’ve pulled together a brief guide of the main changes and what they mean for you and our venues/services.

From Monday, the majority of the indoor and remaining outdoor economy can reopen, and gathering limits will increase indoors and outdoors.

How many people can I meet from 17 May?

  • Up to 30 people can gather outdoors in England
  • Up to six people (or two households of any size) can meet indoors*, with overnight stays allowed

*Please note, the College is still enforcing a ban on visitors in halls of residence so please ensure you follow these rules to keep everyone on campus as safe as possible.

What's happening at university?

While universities are allowed to welcome back students from 17 May (alongside a regular testing regime), the majority of teaching for this year has been completed so nothing has changed from the term three update and information you have already been given. Don't worry, you won't be needing to make any quick plans to return to campus with only four weeks left until the end of Summer Term on Friday 11 June.

All students and staff who are on campus are encouraged to take part in twice-weekly lateral flow testing to help keep campus and our community safe.

Meeting friends and family

From 17 May, you can choose whether or not to keep a physical distance from family and friends you don't live with.

The government says people should exercise personal judgement, and while we know you may be desperate to hug your loved ones (which you are now allowed to do), we'd encourage you to remain cautious and remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.

Close contact continues to carry a risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and while vaccination significantly reduces risk, it does not eliminate it entirely.

Indoor hospitality

From Monday 17 May, indoor hospitality can reopen meaning you'll be able to book a table inside at The Packhorse and Medicine for the first time this year (you can of course still choose to book a table outdoors if you prefer).

  • Indoors customers can gather in groups of no more than six persons or two households.
  • There must be no mingling between tables.
  • Other restrictions such as table service, contactless ordering, social distancing, and Test and Trace remain in place.

The easing of restrictions will also see live music return indoors (with audience limitations) and we've got some great events lined up for you before the end of term with MedsBevs Live, starting with MedsBevs Live ft. Della B on Friday 21 May.

Since 12 April, Tommy's Kitchen has been open as a student study space Monday-Friday (12pm-8pm) with food and non-alcoholic drinks available to order via our app. The main change from Monday is that alcohol (and our Burger & Bottle deal) will be returning to the menu and you can dine in, regardless of whether you intend to study or not! All of the other restrictions listed above apply.

While the limit on the number of people who can meet outdoors has been increased to 30, we will be keeping our maximum table booking size at six people, regardless of whether you book indoors or outdoors.

Indoor/outdoor entertainment

If you've been missing your trips to the cinema, can't wait to get back to the West End to enjoy a musical, or fancy exploring the plethora of museums London has to offer, you'll be glad to know all of those things are back on the cards!

All remaining outdoor entertainment will be allowed to reopen, such as outdoor cinemas and performances. Some larger events will be able to take place, including conferences, theatre and concert performances, and sports events, albeit with limited capacities.

International travel

The government has introduced a traffic light system for which countries people can visit and what rules they will be subject to when they return.

International travel will begin to safely reopen from 17 May, allowing people to go on foreign holidays to ‘green’ list countries. Strict border control measures will remain in place, including pre-departure tests and a PCR test on or before day two of arrival back in the UK.

You should not travel to amber list or red list countries or territories for leisure purposes.

If you are planning on travelling internationally, whether to or from the UK, make sure you check out the latest government guidance on what you will be required to do before and after you travel.

Other changes

  • Organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors.
  • Saunas and steam rooms can reopen.
  • The rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen.
  • Care homes residents will be able to have up to five named visitors, with two visitors able to attend at once provided they are tested and follow infection control measures.
  • Up to 30 people will now be able to attend weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes. These can take place outdoors or at any indoor Covid-secure venue that is permitted to open.