FINALLY we can start hugging again from tomorrow (Monday, May 17) - but be warned, you must be careful.

The hug go-ahead has been issued by the Government as part of the next stage of the roadmap to freedom.

From tomorrow the easing of lockdown measures in England reaches Step 3.

Here's what we'll be allowed to do from tomorrow:

  • People can meet outdoors in groups of up to 30.
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors, with overnight stays permitted.
  • Pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes will be able to serve customers indoors.
  • Museums, theatres and cinemas can re-open.
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can re-open.
  • Adult group exercises can take place again indoors.
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other life events.
  • The number of people who can attend a funeral will no longer be capped, although it will be determined by the size of venue.
  • Up to 30 people will be allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives).

The lifting of the restrictions will also mean:

  • Care home residents will be allowed up to five named visitors, and more freedom for visits out of the home.
  • Social distancing with close family and friends will be up to you to judge.
  • Social distancing will remain in place in social care, medical, retail, hospitality and business settings.
  • You'll still have to wear face coverings on transport and in shops, unless you're exempt.
  • Face coverings will no longer be recommended for students in secondary schools.
  • All remaining university students will be eligible to return to in-person teaching.
  • People will be able to travel abroad to green list countries without having to quarantine when they return.