Pubs and restaurants dust off tables and glasses as businesses prepare to FINALLY open their doors tomorrowApril 11, 2021
PUBS and restaurants across the country are dusting off tables and glasses with businesses preparing to FINALLY open their doors tomorrow.
Brits will get a well deserved taste of freedom on Monday in a major easing of England’s coronavirus lockdown.
Hairdressers, non-essential retail, as well as indoor gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen as the country takes another leap back towards normality along the road map to ending restrictions.
Libraries, zoos and nail salons will also reopen as greater outdoor interaction is permitted while mixing with other households indoors remains heavily restricted.
Businesses and citizens eagerly anticipated the renewed freedoms, but any fanfare for the easings has been somewhat muted by the national mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh.
Boris Johnson postponed his celebratory pint and Government communications have been pared back to just essential messages after Philip's death at the age of 99 on Friday.
After months of being shuttered, pubs and restaurants have undertaken renovations to maximise their ability to serve customers outside.
But the British Beer and Pub Association estimates that just 40% of pubs in England have the space to reopen for outdoor service.
Both the 10pm curfew rule and the requirement to order a substantial meal with a drink have been scrapped, but social distancing must be abided by.
Graeme Phillips, 39, who runs an independent pub and brewery with his brother Baz, 36, in Leeds., West Yorks., said they are 'buzzing' to open their new-look bar.
The pair opened Terminus pub and Meanwood Brewery in November 2018, and said that Covid has shown how pubs are at the 'heart of our communities'.
Graeme said: "We're super excited for tomorrow. If this year has proven anything, it's that pubs in Britain are the heart of our communities.
"In a time of social distancing and requests to avoid social contact, but it just shows how essential pubs have been and will continue to be.
"People need a pint, need to sit and talk after a year from hell. We're buzzing."
The brothers have not taken a day off during the lockdown, and have repainted the entire outer walls, refurbished inside, and built up two beer garden areas.
He added: "We haven't stopped working on the business and what to do to improve it. When you're a small business owner, you're always at work.
"We've suffered literal blood, sweat and tears, Baz fell off a ladder and I've had chemical burns. These are the things we had to endure."
Stunning pictures captured at The Terrace in Plymouth show parasols and deck chairs being set up by the seafront.
Domestic holidays can resume to an extent, with overnight stays permitted in self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets and campsites where indoor facilities are not shared.
But these can only be used by members of the same household or support bubble.
International holidays remain banned until an unknown date, amid a row over the cost of testing plans to assist their return.
People will not be allowed to visit each others' homes, with inside socialising continuing to be prohibited.
The quiet from Government during the period of national mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh means only essential public health measures are to be communicated.
Mr Johnson was no longer expected to issue a statement to mark the moment.
It will be the third in a series of easings since the third national lockdown was legally imposed in England on January 6.
The next date earmarked on the road map is May 17, when socialising indoors will be permitted under the "rule of six" if the Prime Minister judges that the vaccination programme is safely breaking the link between infections and deaths.
After three months of full national lockdown, the Government said on Saturday that a further 40 people had died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test. A further 2,589 lab-confirmed cases were also announced.
More than 60% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to official figures stating that 32 million people have received a jab.
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