SHOPS, pubs and restaurants can welcome back customers from Monday April 12 as lockdown restrictions are eased further.
But not all businesses can reopen. Below, we explain which ones can and can’t return from Monday.
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Some businesses have already restarted, with outdoor swimming pools and exercise classes allowed to return from March 29.
This week, the PM confirmed stage two of his roadmap out of lockdown could go-ahead as planned from next Monday.
He said it has been made possible by Brits obeying the rules and staying at home and the success of the vaccine rollout.
Boris Johnson added: “And on Monday 12, I will be going to the pub myself and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips.”
What four tests does the gov need to pass before the next stage of restrictions is eased?
1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
4. Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.
What businesses can’t open on Monday?
- Pubs (indoor serving)
- Restaurants (indoor serving)
- Steam rooms
- Bingo halls
- Bowling alleys
- Big events (with capacity)
- Sports stadiums (with capacity)
- Larger events
Most of these businesses should be able to open on May 17 when step three of the lockdown roadmap is put into action.
It is understood big events and sports stadiums could be allowed to open again from this time too, but with capacity limits in place.
Up to 10,000 people will be allowed in outdoor spaces where people can spread out, while stadiums will be limited to up to 4,000 people, or 50% capacity.
Indoor events will be capped at 1,000 people, or 50%.
Other businesses that will be allowed to reopen at this time include indoor entertainment, such as cinemas and bingo halls.
Gigs are supposed to restart from June 21, but they may be allowed to go-ahead with limits on numbers and social distancing from as early as May, especially with vaccination figures reaching higher numbers.
All other restrictions could be lifted from June 21 and Brits will be able to feel a sense of normality by July, as long as the pace of the vaccine rollout continues the way it is, and infection rates stay down.
That means nightclubs could finally be allowed to reopen and weddings and funerals should be allowed without restrictions on numbers from June 21.
Businesses that are reopening on Monday
A number of businesses will be allowed to welcome back customers from April 12, these include:
- Pubs (outdoor service only)
- Restaurants (outdoor service only)
- Gyms (indoor exercising – but no classes)
- Beauty salons
- Theme parks
- Drive-in cinemas
- Drive-in performances
- Community centres
- Clothing shops
- Homeware shops
- Toy shops
- Vehicle showrooms (other than for rental)
- Betting shops
- Tobacco and vape shops
- Electronic goods shops
- Mobile phone shops
- Auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment)
- Market stalls selling non-essential goods
At the moment these businesses are only allowed to fulfil home deliveries and offer click and collect.
Essential shops have been open throughout lockdown and that’s because they sell important goods like food, medicines and DIY items for home repairs.
By the end of July, every adult is expected to have been offered a first dose of the Covid jab.
Any other businesses that weren’t mentioned as part of the roadmap should be open by this point, if all goes to plan.
So far none of the dates have been threatened to be pushed back, but the roadmap can be altered by the PM if coronavirus cases start rising or the vaccine programme misses targets.