HOTELS, cinemas and bowling alleys are just some of the businesses set to reopen from Monday as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease.

From May 17, industries which rely on indoor service will be allowed to open as the country progresses to step three of the roadmap out lockdown.

This means punters can ditch their coats and scarves and enjoy a drink indoors for the first time since December after Boris Johnson announced more of society would be allowed to unlock.

While many business owners are eager to get back to work, there are some industries that will have to wait a little bit longer for their taste of freedom.

But what businesses can't reopen on Monday and when will they get the chance to welcome back customers again?


Nightclubs will have to wait until June 21 at the earliest to reopen to revellers.

The industry hasn't been able to operate since the first coronavirus lockdown in March 2020.

The Government has said nightclubs reopening will be subject to the scientific events research programme.

Some 6,000 clubbers attended a test event in Liverpool on the last weekend of April, which meant partygoers didn't have to socially distance or wear masks.

However, they had to show they had a negative Covid test before they were allowed to enter the venue.

This could mean the public may be allowed to return to the dancefloor in June if the Government is happy with the research results.

Large events

Like nightclubs, large events could be given the green light to operate again - subject to the pilot test event programme.

If successful, sports events, festivals, large weddings and conferences could return next month.

The FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium could see more than 6,000 Leicester City fans travel to London to watch the team take on Chelsea, according to ITV.

The match will go ahead tomorrow (May 15) and is the next event to be part of the Government's research programme.

The BRIT Awards, hosted on May 11, had a 4,000 strong audience and marked the return of live events to London's O2 Arena.

Attendees did not have to socially distance or wear face coverings when seated.

What four tests have to be met before the next stage of restrictions is eased?

1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully

2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated

3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS

4. Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern

What businesses are reopening on Monday?

  • Pubs, restaurants, cafes and more can reopen for indoor service
  • Cinemas, museums, theatres and concert halls will be allowed to reopen although there will be capacity limits on large events
  • The “stay in the UK” restriction will lift and people will be able to travel to “green list” countries, although they are still being advised not to go to destinations on the amber list
  • Up to 30 people will be allowed at weddings, although dancing will still not be allowed, and the cap on the number of mourners attending funerals will be lifted, in line with the safe capacity of the venue
  • Secondary school pupils will no longer be told to wear face masks in class and communal areas
  • Steam rooms
  • Saunas
  • Bingo halls
  • Hotels
  • Indoor exercise classes
  • Bowling alleys
  • Some large events (except for pilots), but capacity limits apply
  • Indoor events: 1,000 or 50%
  • Outdoor other events: 4,000 or 50%
  • Outdoor seated events: 10,000 or 25%