The next step of the road map out of lockdown will come on May 17 but it comes tantalisingly too late for those celebrating Eid this week.

The confirmation came as the Covid-19 alert level in the UK was downgraded after a “consistent” fall in cases, hospital admissions and deaths.

The month of fasting – Ramadan – will end on Wednesday and Eid will take place on Thursday and Friday. However, families will have to wait three days until they are legally permitted to get together.

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From next Monday, hugs between people from different households in England will be allowed for the first time in months. The Eid hugs at mosques is therefore banned until May 17.

People will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30. Family gatherings on Eid are therefore banned until May 17.

People will be able to meet indoors in groups of six, or two households. People are not permitted to visit each other’s homes on Eid day but can from 12.01am on Monday May 17.

Restaurants will be able to serve customers indoors, although they will be limited to table service. 

Up to 30 people will be allowed at weddings.

The cap on the number of mourners attending funerals will be lifted, in line with the safe capacity of the venue.

You will be able to visit cinemas, museums, theatres and concert halls as they reopen although there will be capacity limits on large events.

Regarding hugs Prime Minister Boris Johnson still asked people to throw caution to the wind and said:  “From next Monday we are updating the guidance on close contact between friends and family, setting out the risks for everyone to make their own choices.

“This does not mean we can suddenly throw caution to the winds. In fact, more than a year into this pandemic, we all know that close contact, such as hugging, is a direct way of transmitting this disease.

“So I urge you to think about the vulnerability of your loved ones – whether they have had a vaccine, one or two doses, and whether there has been time for that vaccine to take effect."