As England, Scotland and Northern Ireland all record zero deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since the virus struck, prime minister Boris Johnson announces that Britain can hug cautiously and mix in 'vaccine bubbles' from May 17th. For the first time in 14 months, people in England will be told they can hug friends and family who aren't in their household. And even overnight stays will be allowed.
Other good news for britons is that pubs, bars and restaurants can finally reopen indoors next week. However, if you leave your home, you should “stay at least 2 metres away from people you do not live with or who are not in your support bubble”, “avoid direct contact and face to face contact with people you do not live with”, and “stay at least 2 metres away from anyone who visits your home for work reasons.”
Health minister Nadine Dorries told Sky News that hugs and physical contact were “massively important” but urged “caution balanced with optimism”. “I think it’s what most people have missed, that intimate contact with family and friends, and entertaining, having people in your own house, meeting outdoors.”