Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK hospitality industry could start to reopen at the earliest by July, during his highly-anticipated televised address last night.
The PM made the announcement as part of his speech yesterday where he detailed a phased roadmap out of the lockdown and revealed that step three would see pubs and restaurants start to reopen, along with other public places.
He stressed that this would only happen if all coronavirus pandemic reduction conditions were met, subject to further scientific advice.
From Wednesday, some measures will be eased, with unlimited outdoor exercise allowed, as well as sitting in the park or driving to other destinations, or playing sports with members of your own household.
Johnson also urged people who can’t work from home, from example those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work.
Step two of the rules relaxation, at the earliest by 1 June, involves a phased reopening of shops and schools.
However, he made no mention of whether this easement will affect any of the government’s coronavirus financial assistance packages, such as the furloughing scheme.
The Prime Minister further announced a new Covid alert system, which will be determined by the rate of coronavirus infection plus the number of cases.