Coronavirus UK live: Boris Johnson unlocks pubs and shops from April 12 as Brits told masks could stay until next YEAR

BORIS Johnson will unlock Britain’s pubs, shops and hairdressers from next Monday – but Brits may have to wear facemasks until NEXT YEAR.

Addressing a Downing Street press conference this evening, Boris Johnson said there was “absolutely” no chance of so-called vaccine passports being needed when restrictions ease on April 12.

The PM said: “The net result of your efforts and of course the vaccine rollout is that I can today confirm that from Monday April 12, we will move to step two of our road map.”

But Government scientists warn face masks and social distancing rules may have to stay in place until next year despite Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.

SAGE says while Covid jabs will stop the vast majority of people being struck down they’re “not good enough” to see all rules lifted without risking a surge in cases.

The PM was also criticised for his vague comments on lifting international travel bans for Brits in the coming months.

The Prime Minister told a Downing Street briefing “I wish I could give you more on that” but insisted there was not enough “solid data” on the virus.

Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye claimed “the opportunity has been missed to provide more certainty”, while trade body the Business Travel Association described the update as “beyond disappointing”.

A Downing Street paper on easing coronavirus restrictions confirmed that a traffic light system for international travel will be introduced.

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