Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pleaded with the public to “behave responsibly” as England’s lockdown measures ease today, Monday April 12.
Pub gardens, indoor gyms, hairdressers and non-essential retail are among businesses that can now reopen in England, most for the first time in 2021.
The change marks the next major step in the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, and while social mixing indoors is still heavily restricted, the move represents a big step towards normality.
According to reports Boris Johnson said: “I’m sure it will be a huge relief for those business owners who have been closed for so long, and for everyone else it’s a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed.
“I urge everyone to continue to behave responsibly and remember ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ to suppress Covid as we push on with our vaccination programme.”
The next change to restrictions in England should come on May 17, when indoor entertainment will reopen and domestic stays overnight will be allowed, along with a host of other measures.