People stood in line in the cold and rain and were among the first in the country to sink a beer in a pub when the doors reopened at midnight this morning.
Around 40 percent of pubs in England can now serve pints again as the blocking rules change on Monday, AS[12April[ril12[12April[ril12
Starting today, pubs can serve people outdoors as long as they are seated at a table.
There is no curfew at 1pm and you don’t have to eat with your drink.
People were queuing to get their first beer overnight.
Boris Johnson has urged the nation to “act responsibly” when the pub gardens reopen and restaurants return to al fresco dining, which will greatly facilitate the UK coronavirus easing.
Shops that are deemed not to be essential will reopen on Monday, as will hairdressers, gyms, swimming pools, nail salons and zoos that are returning to normal.
Indoor social mixing will continue to be severely limited, however, as around two in five adults have not yet received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and the vast majority have not yet received both.
The prime minister cautioned during the “big step forward” when a scientist instructing the government warned that the rules must be followed to minimize any potential recovery in the number of cases.
“I’m sure it will be a huge relief for the business owners who have been closed for so long and for everyone else it will be a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed,” said Johnson.
“I urge everyone to continue acting responsibly and remembering ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ to suppress Covid as we continue our vaccination program.”
Mr Johnson postponed his celebratory beer and government communications were reduced to key messages following Prince Philip’s death on Friday at the age of 99.
Meanwhile, Wales will also enjoy new freedoms starting Monday as non-essential retail reopenings and border restrictions will be relaxed to allow travel with the rest of the UK and Ireland again.
In England, pubs and restaurants have made changes during the lockdown to maximize their ability to serve customers outside.
However, the British Beer and Pub Association estimates that only 40% of the licensed space has the space to reopen for outdoor service.
The previous curfew at 10 p.m. and the requirement to order a full meal with a drink have been abolished, but social distancing must be observed.
In response to the easing of restrictions, city police said they would step up patrols in high-traffic areas from Monday.
Jane Connors, the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner, said: “The Met is ready to welcome people back to the streets of London. We will step up our patrols in high traffic areas to keep everyone safe and disrupt criminal activity.
“Of course, where we have to crack down on those who dangerously break the rules we’re going to do. While the case rate in London has been falling, we have seen the worrying position in Northern Europe. It is important that we all abide by the rules so that further bans or restrictions are avoided. “
Domestic vacations can resume to some extent, with overnight stays being permitted in standalone accommodation such as vacation homes and campsites that do not have interiors shared.
However, these can only be used by members of the same household or support bubble.
International holidays remain banned until an unknown date as the cost of testing is controversial.
People are not allowed to visit each other’s homes as indoor gathering outside of the support bladders is still prohibited.
It will be the third in a series of eases since the third national lockdown was made mandatory in England on January 6th.
The next important date is May 17, when indoor gatherings are permitted under the “rule of six” – if the Prime Minister believes the vaccination program is sure to break the link between infections and deaths.
After three months of full national lockdown, the government announced on Sunday that an additional seven people had died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test. Another 1,730 laboratory-confirmed cases were also announced.
Around 61% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to official figures, suggesting that more than 32 million people have received a sting. More than 14% had both doses.
Mr Johnson hailed a “record day” for the second dose after numbers reported on Sunday indicated an increase of 475,230 shocks.