England is re-opening all shops on Monday (12 April) following close to four months of strict lockdown measures.
Along with non-essential shops, pub gardens and gyms are among the businesses that can re-open in England. Restaurants and pubs will be able to serve food outside. Although businesses are expecting a major increase in consumer spending in the coming weeks, the British Beer and Pub Association has estimated that 60% of pubs and restaurants may need to remain closed because they do not have outside space.
Meanwhile, people from the same household will be able to go on domestic holidays together.
In a statement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the easing measures as “a major step forward in our roadmap to freedom”.
The next set of easing measures are due to take place on 17 May, provided that COVID-19 infections and deaths, currently at the lowest levels in seven months, continue to fall or remain stable. (Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)