Good news. The coronavirus vaccine rollout is progressing as planned and infection rates are now low enough to ease more restrictions from 12 April.
The Prime Minister has given the green light for pubs, shops, hairdressers and gyms (excluding saunas and steam rooms) to reopen across England from next Monday – but hopes of foreign holidays resuming from next month are under question, as no reassurances for May resumption of foreign travel were given. For now, international holidays are still illegal.
However, outdoor gatherings will be limited to six people or two households and socialising indoors with people outside your household or support bubble will still be banned.
From 12 April, overnight stays away from home in England will be permitted and self-contained accommodation can reopen – although it must only be used by members of the same household or support bubble.
Public buildings, such as libraries and community centres, will be allowed to reopen from next week, as will the majority of outdoor settings and attractions, including zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performance events.
The number of care home visitors will be increased to two per resident from next week.
Hospitality venues were told they would be able to operate outdoors, as hoped, with no curfew or requirements for customers to eat a “substantial meal” when drinking alcohol.