On April 12th UK will open up pubs and restaurants.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the reopening of non-essential shops, restaurants, pubs and gyms in England from 12 April. “We are defining our roadmap to freedom and we are sticking to it,” the prime minister said at a press conference. “All the data I have seen suggests to me that we have no reason to deviate from our roadmap,” he added, noting that citizens’ efforts have “paid off”. However, it is still “too early” to talk about summer holidays abroad, said the leader, who then invited his compatriots not to let their guard down. From next Monday, therefore, non-essential shops in England will reopen, hairdressers, gyms, libraries, restaurants and pubs will be able to serve customers outdoors. The premier himself said he will go to the pub on April 12. On trips abroad Johnson said he hoped they could resume on 17 May but that it is still too early to know if that will be possible. On the vaccine passport front, which has been widely contested in the UK, the leader said it will not be required in the current reopening stages but could be used for international travel and “mass events”. The British government has also announced that it will offer rapid tests for Covid-19 to all adults and children twice a week to try to stem new outbreaks. In the country, over 31 million people have received the first dose of a vaccine against Covid-19, in the past 24 hours there have been 24 deaths and less than 3,000 infections.

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