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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Doctors are thinking of leaving the NHS due to pandemic pressures, says BMA

Thousands of exhausted doctors in the UK are planning to leave the NHS in the next year as they battle stress and burnout due to the demands of the pandemic.

Of 2,099 people who responded to a BMA tracker survey, half said they plan to work fewer hours, 25 per cent said they are “more likely” to take a career break, with a further 21 per cent considering leaving the NHS altogether for another career.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) council, described it as a “deeply worrying” situation involving the potential departure of “talented, experienced professionals who the NHS needs more than ever to pull this country out of a once-in-a-generation health crisis”.

Many doctors pointed to their workload, including the inability to take breaks, as being among their reasons for wanting to go.


Wales: Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools to reopen

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools are reopening in Wales as the further easing of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Organised children’s indoor activities and indoor adult fitness classes can also resume and two households will also be able form an exclusive bubble and be able to meet indoors.

The Welsh Government said the changes meant Wales will have moved to Alert Level 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said last week: “The public health situation continues to improve and our vaccination programme remains a success.

“Thanks to the efforts of people across Wales, we are in a position to further ease the restrictions, in the way we have previously signalled, to allow more elements of normal life to return.


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.


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.”


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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