Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and non-essential retail across England to reopen on 12 April
Monday 5 April 2021 7:19 PM UTC
LONDON April 6: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has yesterday confirmed pubs, restaurants and non-essential retail across England will reopen on 12 April as a large section of the country’s economy is released from Covid-19 restrictions. The government also confirmed that retail and hospitality businesses will be allowed to use new Covid vaccine certificates to determine whether people can enter their venues or not later this year.
The Prime Minister also confirmed that the country was on-track to meet the previously laid out roadmap out of lockdown, thanks in part to the country’s Europe leading vaccination programme.
Outdoor hospitality, non-essential retail, gyms, hairdressers, beauty salons, libraries and community centres will all be allowed to reopen from Monday.
Pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to have tables of a maximum six people from two households outdoors at a time, with everyone needing to be seated.
It comes as Covid-19 infections and deaths today hit their lowest point in the UK since last September, thanks to the effect of vaccines and months of lockdown.
More than 31.5m people have now received at least one jab of a Covid-19 vaccine, with all over-50s set to have been offered a jab by 15 April.