Lockdown ending calendar: What you can do in the UK as pubs and shops reopen

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Lockdown will draw closer to an end in all regions of the UK in April. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have separate lockdown roadmaps, which will gradually guide people back to normality. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide to explain what else you can do in the UK as pubs and shops reopen.

In England, pubs and shops will reopen on April 12.

This is the second stage of coronavirus lockdown easing after two phases were undertaken in March.

On March 8, schools and colleges were reopened.

Social gatherings between two people for the purpose of recreation were permitted to take place from this date.

Later in the month, the rules around social gatherings were extended enabling two households or six people to meet in outdoor settings.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed his belief lockdown easing would be able to take place on April 12.

The PM said: “The net result of your efforts and the vaccine roll-out is that I can today confirm that from Monday, April 12, we will move to Step Two of our roadmap – reopening shops, gyms, zoos, holiday campsites, personal care services like hairdressers and, of course, beer gardens and outdoor hospitality of all kinds.

“And on Monday, April 12, I will be going to the pub myself – and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips.

“We’re also increasing the number of visitors to care homes from one to two – to allow residents to see more of their loved ones.

“We think that these changes are fully justified by the data, which show we are meeting our four tests for easing the lockdown.”

England will move to step two on April 12.

At this time the following will also reopen in England:

  • All non-essential shops will reopen.
  • Personal care facilities will be open again.
  • Staycations will be allowed from April 12.
  • Indoor leisure, including gyms, will be open for use individually or within household groups.
  • Self-contained accommodation will be open for visitors.
  • Wedding receptions and wakes can be held with up to 15 people.
  • Outdoor attractions, such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will be open to people.

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In Scotland, hospitality venues like cafes, pubs and restaurants cannot open until April 26.

These hospitality venues are permitted to remain open until 8pm indoors where no alcohol can be sold or 10pm outside where alcohol is permitted.

  • At this time, the following lockdown easing will take place:
  • Up to six people from three households can socialise outdoors.
  • Six 12 to 17-year-olds from six households can meet up socially outdoors.
  • Up to four people from two households can socialise indoors in a public place including a cafe or restaurant
  • Non-essential childcare and in-house work is permitted.
  • Tourist accommodations can reopen, with self-catering accommodation to be restricted in line with rules on indoor gatherings
  • Driving lessons and tests can take place again.
  • Takeaway food can be collected from inside venues.
  • Gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise.
  • Indoor attractions including galleries, museums and libraries can reopen.

In Wales, all shops will reopen from April 12, along with the full return to schools, colleges and other education.

Close contact services will also open once again at this time.

Outdoor hospitality venues will not possibly open until April 22.

If the public health situation remains positive and vaccination rates continue to rise, the following will also be able to begin:

  • Gyms, leisure and fitness facilities
  • Outdoor facilities
  • Weddings
  • Community centres
  • Organised activities, with 30 outdoors and 15 indoors
  • Extended households.

In Northern Ireland, the country’s lockdown easing roadmap is broken down into five stages which have not any determined dates.

The country is currently in stage one which is lockdown.

However, stage two advises cautious first steps will take place including the partial return to schools, six people from two households able to meet in private gardens, click-and-collect retail allowed, cafes reopening, outdoor facilities opening and church services can resume.

The third stage of the lockdown easing plan will see pubs and all retail outlets reopen.

Other planned lockdown easing measures include:

  • Six people from two households can meet indoors
  • All pupils return to school
  • Close-contact services reopen
  • Pubs and restaurants reopen, except wet pubs
  • Caravan sites, hotels and B&Bs reopen
  • Indoor visitor attractions and libraries reopen
  • Leisure centres reopen
  • Phased return to offices
  • Small wedding receptions and funeral wakes allowed.

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