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Social distancing

From Monday 17 May, step 3 of the Government’s easing of lockdown restrictions came into effect.  

This means that most restrictions on meeting others outdoors have been lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.

Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply.

Business and activities

Most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors are now able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. Indoor hospitality will reopen - and as in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated.

Other indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes.


Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Review of social distancing

Finally, before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission. This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on 1 metre plus, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted. This will also inform guidance on working from home – which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete.


Read more information about the government's roadmap out of lockdown and the Step 4 changes that will be introduced on 21 June.


Remember 'Hands. Face. Space.'

When people leave home, it is crucial that they stick to the guidelines that will help limit the spread of Covid-19.

  1. Hands. Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  2. Face. Wear a face covering in indoor settings, where social distancing may be difficult. You should also wear them when you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  3. Space. Stay two metres apart from people you do not live with, where possible - or one metre away when extra precautions are in place (such as face coverings)


Read the Government guidance on social distancing and stopping the spread of Covid-19

Downloadable posters

We have created a series of downloadable posters with guidance and reminders to help maintain social distancing:

Babergh District posters

Mid Suffolk District posters

General posters


If you have any queries about social distancing at your business please call 0300 1234000 and select option 7 or email the Social Distancing team.