Pubs have had their doors closed since March (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)The UK is facing a limited easing of its lockdown in the wake of coronavirus, with Boris Johnson having announced new rules in his speech to the nation on Sunday night.
From Wednesday people will be allowed to take unlimited exercise outdoors, including playing sports, with other members of their household, while the Prime Minister has also urged those who cannot work from home to return to work.
He also laid out plans for other measures to be eased in the coming weeks, subject to there being no second spike in Covid-19 infections – including when we might see the return of pubs and restaurants.
So when might those open after lockdown? Here’s what you need to know…
When will pubs and restaurants re-open after lockdown?
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You’re going to have to wait a while longer for that pint or meal out – as pubs and restaurants won’t be re-opening until July at the earliest.
Boris Johnson said in his speech on Sunday night that the ‘hospitality industry’ would not begin re-opening until the third phase of the roadmap out of lockdown – with 4 July being given as the earliest possible date.
That will also be subject to them meeting ‘Covid safe requirements’ in order to prevent a second spike in infection rates.
Speaking to Sky News Dominic Raab said: ‘From the earliest, June 1, we’ll look at non-essential retail and how they can go back, only if the conditions are met, subject to wider monitoring, so that we only proceed in a sure-footed way.