Full list of businesses still unable to reopen from Monday as lockdown eases

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A sign in the door of an Odeon cinema in South Woodford, London, which has closed due to coronavirus


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The next step in Boris Johnson’s lockdown plan is upon us – signaling the reopening of pubs, shops and hairdressers.
The public is looking forward to April 12, as it marks a major milestone on the road to freedom.

But, while many services will be available again from Monday, some will remain closed to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

The Prime Minister has set May 17 as the date for the third change in his roadmap of restrictions.

Following this – and if the virus stays at bay – Mr Johnson has said he hopes all legal limits on social distancing will be removed by June 21.

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Indoor cinemas can only reopen on May 17 at the earliest
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The businesses scheduled to reopen on May 17 are:

  • Pubs (interior portion)
  • Restaurants (interior service)
  • Hotels, inns and guesthouses
  • Cinemas
  • Theaters
  • Concert halls
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Adventure playgrounds and activities
  • Amusement arcades and play centers for adults
  • Bingo halls
  • Casinos
  • Bowling lanes
  • Ice rinks
  • Places for games, recreation and entertainment such as escape rooms and laser quest
  • Play areas (including soft play centers and inflatable parks)
  • Model villages
  • Pool and billiard rooms
  • Trampoline parks
  • Water and water parks
  • Indoor tourist attractions at theme parks and movie studios
  • Indoor attractions at zoos, safari parks, aquariums and other wildlife attractions
  • Indoor attractions in botanical gardens, greenhouses, and biomes
  • Indoor attractions in sculpture parks
  • Indoor attractions at landmarks, including observation wheels or viewing platforms
  • Indoor attractions in stately or historic mansions, castles or other heritage sites
  • Conference centers and exhibition halls, including for business event purposes (subject to capacity limits)

Businesses that include indoor activities will be allowed to fully reopen next month, if the roadmap continues.

Some will have been open from April 12, but only for outdoor attractions.

This includes pubs, bars and restaurants, which can reopen on Mondays – but can only be used outdoors.

It is understood that sports competitions and other big events – like concerts – could also open from May 17.

But the capacity will be limited, both inside and out.

A mother and her son hugging each other
Hugs are still banned despite restrictions being lifted tomorrow
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And, while not businesses, there are other activities that remain banned until May 17 at the earliest – like hugs and vacations.

It is believed that a traffic light system will be introduced for overseas travel, although there is no date guarantee.

The companies scheduled to reopen on June 21 are:

  • Nightclubs
  • Adult entertainment venues

The prime minister said he hoped all legal limits would be lifted by the end of June.

That could mean a return to normal in July – provided the vaccine rollout continues and infections and deaths remain on the decline.

It is hoped that larger events will also be authorized at this time, with the reopening of nightclubs.

Family having fun on vacation
Holidays abroad – and stays in hotels – are still not allowed
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Britain has recorded seven coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, official figures showed on Sunday.

Almost 40 million vaccines have also been administered to date.

A significant number of services may reopen from Monday, reinjecting billions of pounds into the main streets of the country.

Clothing retailers, shows, outdoor dining and overnight breaks will all resume from midnight under the new measures.

Outdoor attractions will also be allowed to return – you can read the full list of Mirror reopening services here.

But, while many services may reopen, some will still have restrictions.

For example, although gyms can accommodate returnees, exercise classes are still banned in an attempt to reduce social contact.

Caution was urged ahead of Monday’s reopening, with fears people might misbehave once they’ve tasted freedom.

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

He told Times Radio: “The watchword must be caution.

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