COVID-19: What's changing from today 17 May

Published: 17 May 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and advice for residents

What's changing from today 17 May 📢

COVID-19 Roadmap 2021

England has entered Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown from today Monday 17 May. There are some changes and lifting of restrictions which you can find out about by following the button below.

What's changing


Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas are permitted to open.

Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.

Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes.

All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs. This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).

You should continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, please make sure to do so safely and plan your journey in advance.

Feeling unwell? Get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Meeting friends and family 🤗

Six inside

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).

New guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules.


Close contact

You may have read about relaxation of social distancing measures for people you don't live with. The good news is that you can choose to hug a small, select group of family or friends if you want.

However, it's important to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

We all deserve a great summer ☀️

The last 18 months have been tough, so it's safe to say that we all deserve a great summer in 2021. As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, continue to think about each other and keep each other safe.

Throughout the summer, the Horsham District Safe and Well Partnership, which includes emergency services, public sector and community organisations, will encourage residents to look out for one another and consider their actions.

Whether that's making sure you take your litter away when you have a picnic or considering how loud you play the music when your friends come round - together we can enjoy summer safely by respecting one another and our community.

Let's have a summer that we all deserve.

The Capitol re-opening 28 May 🎭

We're delighted to announce that The Capitol theatre and cinema will re-open to the public on Friday 28 May.

Operations Manager, Matthew Effemey said: “We are over the moon to be able to confirm we’ll be open for the May Bank Holiday weekend and just can’t wait to welcome our customers back through the door."

COVID safety measures will remain in line with Government guidelines and The Capitol has been awarded use of the See It Safely scheme.

See what's on

Thank you volunteers 🙌

Simply incredible... Over 4000 volunteer hours have been given so far at Christ’s Hospital COVID-19 vaccination centre by incredible local people. They have been in driving rain, snow, ice and a bit of sunshine, happily directing traffic, welcoming and helping.

We're also exceptionally proud of our fantastic Horsham District Voluntary Sector Support and Community Development teams, who have worked tirelessly to bring everyone together, coordinate and project-manage this amazing feat.


Volunteers at Christ's Hospital

Test and Trace Self-Isolation Support Payments

Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate on or after the 8 March 2021 by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Find out more

Make sure you are regularly testing yourself for COVID-19

Rapid COVID testing

As we continue to ease out of lockdown, it's more important than ever that we continue to get tested for Covid-19 to keep our community and loved ones safe. 

You can order a home testing kit from the NHS or you can stop by one of four testing sites in the District to get tested.

It's recommended that you test yourself twice a week.

Get tested

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