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12th April 2021
Pubs and restaurants serving outside can reopen
today, along with non-essential shops, gyms and
hairdressers, as England's lockdown restrictions are
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has urged caution,
saying: "We can't be complacent.”
The prime minister also said the government was
"hopeful" international travel could resume in the
next stage of lockdown easing on 17 May, but
warned against the effects of the surge of
coronavirus in other parts of the world.
He said the government would set out "well before 17 May what is reasonable" and aim to give the airlines "as much notice as possible”.
More businesses can now open as part of Stage two easing of lockdown rules.
Outside, six people or two households can meet - even in private gardens.
You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible.
Mixing indoors with people not in your household or bubble is still not allowed .
The following is now permitted or allowed to open:
This is step 2 in the government’s 4 step ‘roadmap’ to unlock the economy and lift coronavirus restrictions.
Before each stage of the roadmap, the Government will review data assessing the impact of the previous step against four tests.
These tests are:
Step three of the roadmap is scheduled for 17 May (not before).
Under step three, groups of up to 30 will be allowed outdoors, and the Rule of Six will be in place indoors, subject to review.
Step three will also see the return of:
International travel is currently scheduled to resume from this date, but this is under review, with Prime Minister Johnson set to provide more information this month.
The final step of the roadmap is planned for 21 June, when all limits on social contact are set to be lifted. However, the roadmap states: “Some measures may be required even after all adults have been offered a vaccine, because neither coverage nor effectiveness of the vaccine will be 100 per cent.”
Mr Johnson encouraged people to use free NHS tests, as everyone in England is to be given access to two rapid coronavirus tests a week from Friday.
Meanwhile, Professor Chris Whitty warned "this virus will be with us for the foreseeable future", and Sir Patrick suggested the pandemic could result in long-term changes in behaviour.
Separately, the government's scientific advisers have said the next phase of unlocking is "highly unlikely" to put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
However, later steps such as indoor mixing are "highly likely" to lead to a resurgence in hospitalisations and deaths, SPI-M - a subgroup of the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) - has predicted.