UK Covid LIVE: Limit of 30 mourners at funerals to be scrapped as Covid social distancing rules to be relaxed

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he 30-person limit on mourners at funerals in England is to be lifted later this month, the government has announced.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said the legally enforced limit would be removed as part of the next stage of lockdown easing, expected on May 17. The capacity will be determined by how many people venues can safely accommodate while maintaining social distancing.

It come as the “one metre-plus” social distancing rule will be scrapped from June 21, according to The Times.

Restaurants, pubs, theatres and cinemas will be able to fully reopen for the first time in 15 months, although masks will have to be worn in some cases.

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Thousands of revellers party at pilot music festival

Thousands of revellers without face coverings danced shoulder to shoulder to live music for the first time in more than a year at a pilot music festival.

Around 5,000 people packed into Sefton Park in Liverpool on Sunday for the outdoor gig which included performances from Blossoms, The Lathums and Liverpool singer-songwriter Zuzu.

Everyone had to produce negative coronavirus tests to enter the event but did not have to wear face coverings or follow social distancing rules.

It is hoped that test events like this will pave the way for festivals and venues across the country to reopen for mass gatherings again.

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MPs urge ministers to ‘discourage’ foreign holidays

Restrictions on foreign holidays should be maintained to protect the UK from Covid-19 variants, MPs have warned.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on coronavirus urged the Government to “discourage all international leisure travel”.

It claimed the importation of new variants could “lead to further lockdowns, and inevitably, further loss of life”.

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran, who chairs the APPG, said: “It is staggering that the Government is even contemplating encouraging overseas holidays when airports are already struggling to keep the virus and new variants at bay.

“Urgent measures are needed to better detect fake Covid test certificates, reduce overcrowding in arrival halls and separate out those arriving from red and amber list countries.”

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Social distancing rules to be scrapped from June 21

The ‘one-metre plus’ social distancing rule will be scrapped from June 21 allowing for all restaurants, pubs, theatres and cinemas to reopen fully, The Times reports.

Masks will have to be worn in some cases to alleviate the risks but it will mean venues can reopen at full capacity for the first time in 15 months.

Pubs and restaurants may keep one-way systems, screens and a requirement to wear masks while moving around but there will be no restrictions on customer numbers, according to the paper.

However, foreign secretary Dominic Raab, confirmed yesterday that some coronavirus restrictions would remain beyond June 21, causing concern in hospitality. He said “conditions, counteracts and safeguards” would have to stay, adding: “They’ll be something around masks.”

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