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England will further ease Covid-19 restrictions from 17 May and the plan to move beyond the pandemic has as yet not been derailed by variants, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

2021-05-10 11:15:00 PM

England will further ease Covid-19 restrictions from 17 May and the plan to move beyond the pandemic has as yet not been derailed by variants, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

England will further ease Covid-19 restrictions from 17 May and the plan to move beyond the pandemic has as yet not been derailed by variants, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

Getty ImagesThe UK is looking at easing lockdown restrictions for England from next week.Boris Johnson says serving of alcohol in pubs will be allowed in the next phase of easing.People will also be allowed to meet up in doors for the first time in months.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday gave the green light to cautious hugging and the serving of pints inside pubs after months of strict restrictions as he set out the next phase of coronavirus lockdown easing in England.Johnson confirmed that England could continue to the next stage of his four-step plan to bring the country out of lockdown by the summer, as the Covid-19 situation improved thanks to the rollout of vaccines and social restriction measures.

"This unlocking amounts to a very considerable step on the road back to normality and I am confident that we will be able to go further," Johnson told a media conference."We are announcing the single biggest step on our road map, and it will allow us to do many of the things that we've yearned to do for a long time." headtopics.com

Under Step 3, from 17 May people will be permitted to meet up indoors for the first time in months, in groups of up to six people or two full households together.IndoorsPubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to host customers indoors, also for the first time in months and subject to certain rules. Other indoor entertainment like cinemas and sports venues will also be able to resume activity.

Johnson said the government would allow families and close friends to make their own choices on social contact, but urged people not to throw caution to the wind and said social distancing must continue in workplaces, shops and restaurants."Whoever I hug, I can assure you, it will be done with caution and restraint," Johnson said, adding that the"1 metre plus" social-distancing rule in businesses might be dispensed with in the next stage of easing on 21 June.

He appeared to rule out accelerating the end of restrictions, saying the success of Britain's road map thus far had been helped by the ability to gather and monitor data."It's by being prudent and being cautious that we've been able to make the progress that we have," he said.

According to Johns Hopkins data, Britain has the fifth-highest death toll in the world from Covid-19 with 127 609 fatalities. Two-thirds of adults in the United Kingdom have had a first vaccine and one-third have had both doses.The reopening will apply to England only, with the semi-autonomous governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales setting out their own rules. headtopics.com

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