The Prime Minister has urged people to “behave responsibly” today.
Caution urged still with hospitality re-opening. The warning came as pub gardens re-open and restaurants resume outdoor dining across the country.
Non-essential shops will also be opening. Along with hairdressers, gyms, nail salons and zoos.
However, with two in five adults yet to have their first vaccine jab social mixing inside will remain heavily restricted.
During this “major step forward” the Prime Minister is urging caution.
He said “I’m sure it will be a huge relief for those business owners who have been closed for so long. And for everyone else it’s a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed.
I urge everyone to continue to behave responsibly. And remember ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ to suppress COVID. As we push on with our vaccination programme.”
Landlord of The Shortlands Tavern in Bromley, Jake Greaves, said he is looking forward to greeting customers again today. But misses people being inside his pub.
He told Sky News “For us to feel like things are truly back to normal is for people to be back at the bar again and ordering drinks. We’re a pub at the end of the day, and table service – it’s nice from a customer point of view, but for operating as a pub – is very difficult.
It’s not what we’re used to at all really.” Chairman of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, Professor Peter Horby, spoke during an interview on Radio 4, saying. “The watchword has got to be caution, really. It’s not clear exactly when or how big it will be, but there is, I think, inevitably going to be a bit of a rebound in the number of cases when things are relaxed.
I think we can be joyful and enjoy the freedoms. But we’ve still got to realise there’s still a large number of people who’ve not been infected or vaccinated and so they will be at risk.”