IT'S the day we have all been waiting for, May 17 – the day coronavirus rules begin to be eased across the borough.

From today residents will now be able to mix indoors in a group of six or a maximum of two households.

You can also meet in groups of up to 30 people outdoors.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to open indoors – which will be great for any punters who don't want to chance the British weather.

Up to 30 people can also attend weddings from today, and the number of people who can attend funerals is no longer capped.

Theatres, concert halls, and sports stadiums will also be allowed to reopen meaning Reds fans will be able to watch tonight's game live and in person.

Some holidays abroad will also be allowed but the government has created a traffic light system to help minimise the spread of alternative variants of the virus.

At the moment, holidaymakers will only be allowed to travel to green list countries which are:

  • Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)

  • Israel and Jerusalem

  • Gibraltar

  • Iceland

  • Singapore

  • Australia

  • Brunei Darussalam

  • Falkland Islands

  • Faroe Islands

  • New Zealand

  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

The list of green countries will be updated as new information comes to light – so please remember to check the list before you travel.

Covid safety measures such as social distancing and wearing masks are still recommended to help prevent the spread of the virus.