What can I do from today?

As the rules governing what we are allowed to do under the Covid lockdown regulations are relaxed, we look at what we are now allowed to do. Read more: What can I do from today?

What can I do from today?

As the rules governing what we are allowed to do under the Covid lockdown regulations are relaxed, we look at what we are now allowed to do.

Pubs and restaurants

You will be allowed to go to a restaurant or pub, and sit inside, but there will be no waiting at the bar: customers must order, eat and drink at their tables and observe social distancing. You can sit in groups of up to six to a table indoors and up to 30 outside.

Socialising

You can meet friends in groups of up to six, or two households indoors, and you can hug them for the first time since March last year. You can meet in a group of up to 30 outdoors.

Cinemas, theatres and museums

Cinemas, museums, children’s play areas and other indoor entertainments can reopen. Cultural events such as theatre and concerts can reopen at reduced capacity with social distancing in place.

Schools & University

Secondary school pupils will no longer be required to wear masks.
University students can return to face-to-face classes.

Travel

You can fly abroad but are discouraged from doing so for all but “essential” reasons, which include work and for caring responsibilities. Foreign travel will resume under a traffic light system where you will not need to quarantine if travelling to a “green” listed country. Domestic holidays were allowed from April 12 in household groups but you can now travel in groups of up to six people from more than one household.

Ceremonies

Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and other rite-of-passage celebrations. Limits on funerals still determined by the size of the venue.

Care homes

Care home residents will be able to have up to five named visitors, with two visitors able to attend at once provided they are tested and follow infection control measures. They will also be able to leave homes without having to isolate on their return.

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Online betting surges among young people during pandemic

Regular gamblers were more than six times more likely to bet online during the pandemic than before the health crisis, researchers have found. Read more: Online betting surges among young people during pandemic

Online betting surges among young people during pandemic

Regular gamblers were more than six times more likely to bet online during the pandemic than before the health crisis, researchers have found.

A study by Bristol University found that young male gamblers were particularly prone to a flutter online during the first lockdown.

The research, published in the Journal of Gambling Studies, revealed that online gambling, including casino and bingo games, increased sixfold among regular punters during the crisis.

During the first lockdown the researchers questioned 2,600 young adults who had been asked similar questions before the pandemic as part of the Children of the 90s study of more than 14,000 people born in the Avon area in 1991 and 1992.

The rise in online gambling was not limited to regular gamblers. Occasional punters were found to be more than twice as likely to place a bet online than before the pandemic.

Alan Emond, the lead author and an emeritus professor at the University of Bristol Medical School, said that the research gave a unique insight into how behaviour changed during lockdown.

“The findings reveal that although many forms of gambling were restricted, a minority of regular gamblers significantly increased their gambling and betting online,” he said. “As with so many repercussions of the pandemic, inequalities have been exacerbated and particularly vulnerable groups were worse affected.”

The study found that those with financial problems before the pandemic were more likely to gamble during lockdown. Men were three times more likely than women to have a bet more than once a week. The research also found that drinking more than three pints of beer at least once a week was linked to regular gambling.

Emond said: “The strong link between binge drinking and regular gambling is of particular concern. With the wider availability of gambling through different online channels, vulnerable groups could get caught in a destructive cycle.”

Emond added that “a public health approach” was needed to minimise the dangers of gambling.

The study builds on the growing research into gambling habits during the pandemic. Experts from the universities of Glasgow and Stirling found in March that one in six gamblers started a new form of betting during the first lockdown, with one in three placing bets more frequently.

Agnes Nairn, co-author of the Bristol study, said: “As gambling habits shift online, vulnerable groups including children and adults who drink heavily may be more easily sucked into these channels. Stricter regulation is needed in this growing field to protect unwitting consumers.”

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