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According to the lockdown roadmap announced by Boris Johnson earlier this year, several of the current lockdown restrictions are expected to ease no earlier than May 17. The next stage of lockdown easing could see hospitality businesses reopen and people meet with other households in indoor settings. But the Prime Minister has stressed lockdown measures can only ease when the data allows it.

Will the Prime Minister ease further lockdown restrictions?

In the last few weeks, groups of six people have been allowed to meet in outdoor settings, while non-essential shops and outdoor hospitality have also been greenlit to reopen.

The Prime Minister’s update at Downing Street on Monday is expected to outline exactly whether restrictions can ease from May 17, but there are already strong signals a further relaxation of the rules are imminent.

The number of new Covid cases in the UK have dropped by 4.3 percent in the last seven days, with 14,659 cases reported.

The latest figures show 1,770 new Covid cases were reported on Sunday along with two deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.

The low number of Covid cases comes as data shows just more than a third of the UK adult population (33.5 percent) have now received two Covid vaccine doses in the UK.

Additionally, more than two-thirds of the adult population in the UK (67.2 percent) have already received their first vaccine dose.

Junior minister Nadine Dorries told Sky on Monday morning: “It does look as if the roadmap is on course.

“The Prime Minister will be making an announcement later this afternoon and he will be detailing how we’re going to unlock and when.”

What changes could Boris Johnson announce?

The next stage of the lockdown roadmap outlines a number of significant changes for businesses.

Mr Johnson is likely to announce the reopening of indoor hospitality businesses in his update on Monday, which applies to restaurants, pubs and bars.

People may also be able to return to theatres and outdoor sports arenas with a capacity cap of 1,000 people.

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Outdoor arenas may also be permitted to host live events with a maximum number of 4,000 attendees, or for large outdoor seated venues where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people could be allowed to attend.

The next stage of the lockdown roadmap also includes a number of changes to social interactions.

Indoor gatherings inside homes with up to six people or two households are likely to be permitted from May 17.

Up to 30 guests could be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, while up to 30 people could also be allowed to meet in outdoor settings.

After several months of lockdown, there has also been suggestion the Prime Minister could announce some changes to social contact rules.

Cabinet minister Michael Gove told Sky News on Sunday “intimate contact between friends and family is something we want to see restored”.

Some businesses considered the highest-risk, including nightclubs, are not expected to reopen from May 17.

The traffic light system for international travel, which will see Brits able to travel to ‘green’ countries without the need for quarantine on return to the UK, was announced last week.

What time is the Prime Minister speaking today?

Ministers have confirmed Boris Johnson will update the nation about the further easing of lockdown measures in a press conference on Monday.

Downing Street has not yet confirmed what time the briefing will start.

Based on previous Monday briefings, however, it is expected to go ahead at 5pm.

Express.co.uk will update this page when more information becomes available.

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