Ads ready to reopen as punters warned to be cautious or face a ‘rebound’ in Covid infection

Pub staff pin a reopening sign at the Fox on the Hill pub in south London,

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Pubs and restaurants are gearing up for their grand reopening on Monday – but experts have warned punters to be cautious amid fears of a ‘rebound’ in Covid-19 infections.
Reception areas with outdoor spaces or beer gardens will once again be able to open their doors to customers from midnight tonight.

This is the second step in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s four-step roadmap to get out of the lockdown, which will also see the reopening of non-essential stores, hairdressers and gyms.

Professor Peter Horby, a senior scientist who advises the government, warned Sunday that the remaining rules must be followed to minimize the effects of a future “rebound” in cases.

Bars, pubs and restaurants have been gearing up over the past few months to ensure they can maximize their ability to serve customers on the go and maintain their social distancing.

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Bettors will finally be able to return to pubs but must respect the rule of six or two households
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For those who can reopen, there are no rules on opening hours, meaning some thirsty drinkers may be able to get to a pub as early as 12:01 a.m. on Monday.

Bettors can also visit a pub or restaurant as a group as long as they follow the six or two household rule.

Unlike the previous relaxation of the rules, there will be no 10 p.m. curfew, which means that the time a pub closes depends entirely on its license.

Mo Habsh, owner of Bold Street barbers in Liverpool city center, cleans chairs as he prepares to reopen
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There will also be no requirement to have a meal alongside their drink, but people have been urged to follow some key rules when visiting the premises.

These include wearing a mask when traveling and maintaining social distance.

All people aged 16 and over must also register on the NHS Track and Trace app, but there are still no immediate plans for a vaccination passport to access the sites.

Professor Horby, chair of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag), urged people to follow the guidelines, saying, “The watchword must be really caution.

“The modeling, which is now pretty good, shows that we can expect some sort of bounce – it’s not clear exactly when or how big it will be, but there will, I think, inevitably be a bit of a bounce in the number. when things are relaxed. ”

People urged to be cautious amid fears of a Covid ‘rebound’
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A sign in the window of John Lewis welcoming back customers, on Oxford Street, central London
A sign in the window of John Lewis welcoming back customers, on Oxford Street, central London
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The Oxford University scholar said the vaccination program would minimize the scale of hospital admissions and deaths, but warned it would not be fully effective.

“Now the extent of that really depends on how we comply with the current restrictions, so we really have to take it step by step,” he added.

“I think we can be cheerful and enjoy freedoms, but we still have to realize that there are still a large number of people who have not been infected or vaccinated and who will therefore be in danger. “

Host facilities had to close in January when the third nationwide lockdown went into effect following an increase in new infections.

The finishing touches are made to a window in a Primark store on Oxford Street, central London,
The finishing touches are made to a window in a Primark store on Oxford Street, central London
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But with the vaccine rollout under control and on track, the prime minister said non-essential businesses can safely reopen from April 12.

Socialization within the outer supportive bubbles is prohibited, as is international travel.

Besides pubs and restaurants, April 12 will see a major reopening of businesses as outdoor entertainment including zoos, theme parks and drive-thru cinemas will also resume.

National vacations can resume to some extent, with overnight stays allowed in self-contained accommodations, such as vacation rentals and campsites where indoor facilities are not shared.

But these can only be used by members of the same household or the same support bubble.

The next important date is May 17, when indoor socialization will be allowed under the “rule of six” if the Prime Minister deems the vaccination program to safely break the link between infections and illnesses. death.

After three months of a full nationwide lockdown, the government said on Sunday that seven more people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. 1,730 other laboratory-confirmed cases have also been announced.

About 61% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to official figures suggesting that more than 32 million people have received a vaccine. More than 14 percent received both doses.

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