What the city looked like last weekend before pubs, shops and restaurants reopened

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All Together Now sign in Liverpool city center


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Here’s what the city center looked like last weekend before pubs, shops and restaurants reopened in the next leg of the government’s roadmap.
Locals have been eagerly awaiting the day when some of their favorite places in Liverpool can reopen and that day has finally arrived.

Starting tomorrow, April 12, pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to open for eating and drinking al fresco and non-essential businesses will return.

Hairdressers, barbers and nail salons will once again welcome clients and indoor recreation facilities like gymnasiums will also reopen.

Preparations were underway in the city today in anticipation of the changes, as staff arranged tables and chairs to create outdoor spaces.

The city’s bars and restaurants are bracing for Monday’s new lockdown rules.
(Image: photograph by Jason Roberts)

Boujee Restaurant and Bar is one of the companies to have transformed their outdoor space in Chevasse Park, on the theme of neon roses and flamingos.

All Together Now sign in Liverpool city center
(Image: Colin Lane / Liverpool Echo)

Messages of hope were posted on billboards across town, including one on Church Street that read “All Together Now”.

Another sign outside M&S said ‘bring brighter days’ while others said ‘Liverpool nice to see you’ and ‘welcome back’.

Nice to see you at the Primark store in Liverpool city center
Great to see you at the Primark store in Liverpool city center
(Image: Colin Lane / Liverpool Echo)

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The area around Liverpool ONE was eerily empty tonight with only a handful of people in sight.

Monday marks the start of the second stage of the government’s roadmap to lifting the national lockdown in England.

Liverpool ONE on the eve of April 12
Liverpool ONE on the eve of April 12
(Image: Colin Lane / Liverpool Echo)

Under the new rules, up to six people, or two households, can meet outdoors, including in beer gardens, cafes or restaurants with outdoor seating.

Outdoor seating for April 12 at Boujee Restaurant & Bar at Chevasse Park in Liverpool One.  Photo by Colin Lane
Outdoor seating for April 12 at Boujee Restaurant & Bar at Chevasse Park in Liverpool One.

Step 2 of the easing of the lockdown means that from April 12 these changes will take effect:

  • Pubs and restaurants can reopen and serve customers outside
  • Hairdressers and nail salons can open
  • Gyms can open
  • Non-essential stores will be allowed to open, in some cases until 10 p.m.
  • Zoos and theme parks may open
  • A household will be allowed to stay overnight somewhere in the UK – but not with another household
  • Accommodation will be available for rent, such as short-term vacation rentals or campsites – but not hotels
  • 15 people can attend a wedding
Spring sunshine in Liverpool's Chavasse Park.
Spring sunshine in Liverpool’s Chavasse Park.

May 17 is the earliest date for step 3 of the roadmap, when most restrictions on social outside contact will be lifted and indoor mixing will be allowed between two households.

After that, June 21 is the first date for Stage 4, when the government hopes to be able to lift all legal limits on social contact and reopen all remaining parts of the economy, including boxes of night.

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