Pubs have been forced to close their doors for the duration of the January and February lockdown, while intermittently opening up over the past 11 months. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has provided an update on the reopening of pubs.
When will pubs reopen?
Pubs will be allowed to start serving food and drinks from April 12, the Prime Minister has revealed.
There will only be serving at beer gardens and outdoor seating areas.
Tables will also only be made available to groups of up to six people, or two separate households.
Nightclubs are expected to reopen from June 21.
Pubs were expected to be one of the last businesses to open fully, after closing ahead of many others.
Takeaway drinks were banned at the start of January, despite being allowed during the first national lockdown.
The Prime Minister first ordered pubs and restaurants to close their doors on March 20 2020.
Since then, the hospitality sector has had to contend with the 10pm closing time curfew in October, followed by the ‘last orders’ ban past 10pm a few months later.
The Prime Minister announced his roadmap out of lockdown in the House of Commons, in an address to MPs.
He will also be leading a Downing Street press briefing later tonight, at 7pm.
All schools are set to be open on March 8, after being shut for two months.
Two people from separate households will also be allowed to sit down together in a public recreational space.
Three weeks later, on March 29, up to six people – or two households – will be allowed to meet outdoors from March 29.
These gatherings will include private gardens, while outdoor sports facilities – including tennis and basketball – will also reopen to the public.
All restrictions going forward will be eased very slowly, however.
They’ll only be lifted in stages, and four key conditions must be met before going ahead with the plans.
More to follow…