Much of the UK is set to enjoy hot weather over the weekend.
But what are you allowed to do while following the latest coronavirus guidelines?
Can I go to the park or the beach with friends?
Yes, people are now allowed to meet up outdoors across the UK. However, social distancing guidelines are still in place.
These include limits on the number of people in a group – the details of which vary.
For example, in England the guidelines say you can can meet six people from multiple households outdoors, or up to 30 people from two households. In Scotland, the limit is 15 people from up to five households.
Although people will be meeting up outdoors, you should still think about how far apart you keep.
That means one metre plus where 2m (6ft) is not possible in England, 2m in Scotland and Wales, 1m with restrictions in Northern Ireland.
So, with that in mind, you can get together for a chat, a picnic, or to play sport.
However, if a particular place becomes too crowded, it is possible visitors could be turned away.
This could be used to close beaches or beauty spots if there are concerns about crowds potentially spreading the virus.
Dr Julian Tang, an expert in respiratory sciences from the University of Leicester, said that while the risk is lower when meeting people outside, there are things to bear in mind.
He said: “If you are within 50 to 70cm you are at what I call garlic breath distance – if you can smell what they’ve been eating then you’re almost certainly breathing their air.
“If you’re on a really crowded beach where people are less than 1m apart, then the sun and wind may not have time to kill or blow away the virus before it is inhaled by the other person.”
He also suggests if you’re talking to a friend on the beach, it’s better to both be looking out to sea rather than facing each other.
What else can I now do outside?
You can now take part in plenty of other activities outdoors, including:
How do I safely host guests at home?
If you are serving food, or having a barbecue, experts recommend precautions such as:
- Put food straight on plates and don’t use large serving bowls
- Avoid serving cold food which needs “handling”, like cold meats or salads
- Use detergent or soapy water to regularly wipe down places people touch regularly
- Wash hands frequently
Eating outdoors is recommended, but if you eat indoors try to keep windows and doors open for ventilation.
Can we go out for a pint or a meal?
You should expect to:
- Book ahead
- Give contact details
- Follow a one-way system
- Be offered table service
Businesses have been asked to try to:
- Monitor crowd density, and cut the number of people in enclosed spaces
- Improve ventilation
- Changing shift patterns so staff work in set teams
What about going away for the weekend?
Going away this weekend with members of your own household, on your own, or with friends, is possible.
For example, in England, two households of any size can meet up indoors – and this can be in shared accommodation away from home. In Wales, overnight stays are only permitted where two households have formed an “extended household”.
Holidaymakers are advised to “take particular care to maintain excellent hygiene – washing hands and surfaces – and avoid using shared facilities like bathrooms wherever possible”.
You are also advised not to share private swimming pools, paddling pools or any sort of garden equipment with anyone outside your own household or support bubble.