Coronavirus: PM urges people to be sensible as England lockdown eased
Boris Johnson is urging people to act “safely and sensibly” on Saturday when lockdown is eased in England.
Many businesses – including restaurants, pubs, hairdressers and cinemas – will be allowed to open their doors for the first time since March.
But at a press conference on Friday, the PM will warn “we are not out of the woods yet” when it comes to the virus.
The pub industry said the re-opening was “fantastic” but urged customers to respect staff and changes in practices.
Pub-goers are being encouraged to book tables in advance, while live gigs and standing at the bar will not be allowed.
The PM’s press conference will take place at 17:00 BST (16:00 GMT) and you can follow the updates on our coronavirus live page.
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In Northern Ireland, pubs, bars, hotels and cafes are re-opening on Friday while, in Scotland, hospitality venues with outdoor space will open their doors on Monday. No date has yet been set in Wales.
The 35,000 or so pubs and small bars trading in England have been closed since 20 March.
The majority of them will be opening up again on Saturday, after the prime minister announced a significant relaxation of lockdown measures last week, along with an easing of social distancing rules from 2m to “one metre plus”.
Speaking on LBC Radio, Mr Johnson rejected suggestions that opening pubs on a Saturday was a recipe for trouble, suggesting it would have made little difference to wait until Monday.
“I hope people will do this safely and sensibly…My message is let’s not blow it now folks”.