This is the biggest easing of restrictions since the third lockdown was decreed in the country, on January 5. The prime minister said that he will personally go to a pub to have a beer on the reopening date.
Due to the new measures, pubs, cafes and restaurants will only be able to receive customers in outdoor areas. The public should consume food and drinks while seated and can only remove the mask at the table.
They are also allowed to reopen libraries, community centers, zoos and theme parks. Elderly people living in nursing homes will be able to receive visits from more than two people and the maximum audience for civil marriages has increased from six to 15 people.
With the measures announced today, England moves on to stage 2 of its exit script from the lockdown. On March 8, it took the first step with the reopening of schools.
The UK has one of the most successful covid-19 vaccination campaigns in the world to date. According to data from the Oxford University’s Our World in Data platform, the British applied at least one dose of the vaccine to 46.13% of their adult population, second only to Israel (60.7%).
Authorities reported today that 26 covid-19 deaths and 2,672 new cases of the disease have been reported in the past 24 hours in the UK.
Home office and detachment should continue
Despite the relaxation of the measures, the prime minister said that people should continue working at home, if they can, and avoiding travel within the country. In addition, measures of social distance and hygiene, such as wearing masks, must be maintained.
Johnson also confirmed that he is studying a covid status certification system, or vaccination passport, to help resume major events.
(* With information from Reuters and international agencies)
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