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Lockdown latest: England from 12 April

Lockdown latest: England from 12 April

Shops, pubs, hairdressers and gyms can reopen in England from Monday 12 April, Boris Johnson has confirmed.

Non-essential retail is also set to reopen in Wales and Northern Ireland from 12 April.

The Prime Minister has now confirmed that non-essential retailers will be able to open their doors from 12 April. Shops will be allowed to stay open until 10pm from Monday to Saturday in a bid to spread out shoppers and avoid congestion.

When will pubs and restaurants reopen?

Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality can reopen from 12 April, but customers must sit outdoors and be served via table service.

When can I get a haircut?

Once again, 12 April is the date for your diary.

What else is opening from 12 April?

Public buildings such as libraries and community centres

Personal care services such as beauty salons and nail bars

Outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks

Small outdoor events such as fetes

Indoor leisure and sports facilities for individual activities or exercise within your household or support bubble

Parent and child groups for up to 15 people (children under five don’t count towards the 15)

Weddings, civil partnerships, wakes and other commemorative events for up to 15 people (not including staff) at indoor venues that are permitted to open

Outdoor wedding receptions for up to 15 people

Self-contained holiday accommodation, provided you are with your household or support bubble (but the government still advises minimising travel as much as possible)

Care home residents can nominate up to two people who can visit them indoors

You can find the full details of the rules and upcoming changes on the government’s national lockdown page.

What are the rules for meeting friends and family?

Limited outdoor socialising is now allowed under the ‘rule of six’ – but the ways this rule works are slightly different from before. Firstly, you can actually either have up to six people from any number of households, or any number of people from two households meeting outdoors. And secondly, unlike the previous version of the rule of six, children of all ages now count towards the six-person limit. Indoor socialising is not allowed yet. According to the government’s roadmap, this could be allowed from 17 May at the earliest.