Everything you’re allowed to do from today as the UK lockdown rules change

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Restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Britain will be eased for the first time in seven weeks today. 

The government are electing to step out of lockdown at a snail's pace, warning that the mass lifting of measures has potential to instigate a second spike in cases.

Consequently, many of the lockdown rules enforced back in March remain in place - although a select few are being relaxed as the UK enters the first phase of its exit plan.

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From Wednesday (13 May) in England, two people from different households can meet outdoors provided they remain two metres (six feet) apart.

People may also exercise whenever they like and spend time outdoors for "leisure purposes" - such as sitting in the park or sunbathing.

Playing sport is even allowed under the new regime - although only with a fellow household member.

Driving to other destinations in England is now permitted, but nobody should attempt to cross the borders into Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.

Those found breaking rules could face higher fines.

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People who cannot work from home have been told they can return to work, avoiding public transport if possible and travelling by bike, car or foot instead.

Public transport users are being encouraged to cover their faces with masks, whilst workplaces must enforce social distancing procedures, clean surfaces regularly and stagger shift times to prevent overcrowding.

Garden centres will open from today, and property viewings will also be allowed. Schools may welcome back some pupils on 1 June, with non-essential retailers booting back up.

Personal care businesses (salons, hairdressers etc) and hospitality are unlikely to open until July 4 at least.

The latest guidance is available online at Gov UK.

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