Pubs and restaurants could be able to serve outdoor meals and drinks in April, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in his four-step “road map” on Monday.
The PM said from 12 April, Brits will be able to meet in beer gardens with the Rule of Six or a larger group of no more than two households.
This will be followed by the opening of pubs and restaurants indoors on 17 May, with social distancing restrictions remaining in place.
Unlike before, however, there will be no curfew, or substantial meal rule, but customers must remain seated and not order at the bar.
Other venues due to open on 12 April include non-essential retail, hairdressers, salons and attractions such as zoos. Gyms will also reopen, although indoor mixing will not be allowed.
The prime minster stated that the lifting of restrictions will be made on the latest data at every step outlined in the road map.
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