Monday, 8 Mar 2021

Pubs could serve outdoor pints by April and hospitality ‘back to normal by July’

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Britain’s pubs, bars and restaurants could reopen by April and there are hopes the hospitality industry will be back to normal by July, reports suggest.

The Prime Minister is set to unveil his full roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, with restrictions set be reviewed every few weeks.

Schools will open their doors from March 8, the Government confirmed, with non-essential shopping opening next.

The country's hospitality industry will hopefully be back to normal by July, insiders said, with outdoor pubs and banking on an April return.

Specific details have not yet been decided by ministers who will meet before February 22 when Boris Johnson’s final roadmap is revealed.

The Prime Minister said on Wednesday, February 17 he wants the current lockdown, the UK's third, to "be the last" Brits have to endure.

He said the Government's plans will be firm but "caution and prudent" in their decision making and added that the country needs to "go in stages" and act "cautiously."

Mr Johnson said: "We'll be setting out what we can on Monday the 22nd about the way ahead.

"It will be based firmly on a cautious and prudent approach to coming out of lockdown in such a way as to be irreversible.

"I certainly think that we need to go in stages, we need to go cautiously."

Reflecting on last year's lifting of restrictions, the Prime Minister reminded the British public lifting hospitality full was "one of the last things" to happen.

He said: "You have to remember from last year that we opened up hospitality fully it was one of the last things that we did because there is obviously an extra risk of transmission from hospitality."

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A government source told The Sun: "We will hopefully be sipping pints in the spring sunshine sooner rather than later."

The news comes after the Government hit its target of offering 15 million vulnerable Brits their first Covid jab.

Mr Johnson said the country had “achieved an extraordinary feat” in achieving the milestone, adding: "It has been a truly national, UK-wide effort. We have done it together."

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