APRIL 12 marks the next phase of lockdown easing – including a cheeky loophole which means you can go INSIDE a pub.
A handful have a 24-hour license – and are gearing up to welcome punters back as soon as the clock strikes 12, as Brits are set to sink 15million pints next week.
Non-essential shops, hairdressers and theme parks, as well as restaurants with outdoor space, reopen in England on Monday. A legal loophole means even pubs without gardens can fling open their doors to customers.
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.
Coronavirus cases in the UK have dropped by 24 per cent with 2,589 daily infections recorded on Saturday. The latest figures show 40 deaths have been registered in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, transport secretary Grant Shapps has insisted foreign holidays will be able to resume “safely and sustainably” under new Government plans.
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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