April 12 lockdown news UK: Brits queue for HOURS in the cold at pubs and shops as England celebrates eased Covid rules

DETERMINED Brits braved the cold today as England’s pubs and shops reopened for the first time since January.

Today’s milestone marked the second phase of the PM’s four-step roadmap out of lockdown – including a cheeky loophole which means you can go INSIDE a pub.

Boozers welcomed punters back with open arms as rules eased from midnight this morning.

But some were forced to queue for hours to quench their thirst – while Primark hungry shoppers queued outside flagship stores from DAWN.

But spare a thought for Boris Johnson, after he cancelled his own plans to visit the pub and the barbers as a mark of respect to Prince Philip, who passed away on Friday aged 99.

Non-essential shops, hairdressers and theme parks, as well as restaurants with outdoor space are now open. 

Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can utilise any outdoor space available to them as a makeshift drinking and dining area – an initiative first mooted last June. 

Pub-goers will be able to soak up the sun in beer gardens across the UK, with a ‘mini-heatwave’ expected.

It comes as the single-dose Janssen vaccine is set to be approved in DAYS with the UK’s fourth Covid jab expected to help widen the rollout to under-50s.

A decision by the health regulator is expected to be made within the next ten days – with the Government having already ordered 30 million doses of the lifesaving jab.

Meanwhile, transport secretary Grant Shapps has insisted foreign holidays will be able to resume “safely and sustainably” under new Government plans for a traffic light system for international travel.

How the traffic light system will work:

* Green: Passengers will not need to quarantine on return, but must take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on return to the UK

* Amber: Travellers will need to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test and two PCR tests

* Red: Passengers will have to pay for a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, as well as a pre-departure test and two PCR tests

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