Boris Johnson confirms all non-essential shops and pubs to re-open on April 12

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Boris Johnson has confirmed that pubs, hairdressers and gyms will open next Monday.

Step 2 of the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown is set to go ahead as planned in February with April 12 marking the first day since January 5 that punters can flock to beer gardens.

Mr Johnson told how he looks forward to lifting a pint in a pub garden as soon as next week.

The Prime Minister also stated no one will need a Covid-19 passport for entry to venues.

Non-essential high street shops have also been given the green light to open, ending months of town centres becoming ghost towns.

Theme Parks including Alton Towers and Thorpe Park can welcome families and thrill-seekers once more as can zoos, libraries and community centres.

Mr Johnson was joined by England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance for Monday evening's Covid-19 press briefing from Downing Street.

The Prime Minister said he did not think, based on the current data, that there would be any deviation from his road map out of lockdown.

Boris Johnson told a press briefing: "We set out our road map and we're sticking with it.

"And I want to stress that we see nothing in the present data that makes us think that we will have to deviate from that road map.

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"But it is by being cautious, by monitoring the data at every stage and by following the rules – remembering hand, face, space, fresh air – that we hope together to make this road map to freedom irreversible."

The news is likely to bring a surge in online bookings for Brits desperate for a professional to see to their lockdown hair and those eager to catch up with pals over a cold pint.

Unlike the confusing rules introduced towards the end of last year, the Prime Minister confirmed on Monday that there will be no no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks.

Another welcome change to restrictions on pubs, bars and restaurants is that there will be no government enforced curfew prior to typical closing times.

Anyone planning a trip to their local next week though will need to be wrapped up warm or hoping for good weather, as revellers will be unable to seek out the warmth and shelter of inside.

Expect to dust off or download those pub chain and restaurant table service apps on your phone as customers must order, eat and drink while seated outside.

Everything allowed to re-open in accordance to coronavirus measures from April 12 includes:

Non-essential retail

Hairdressers and nail salons

Libraries and community centres

Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen for use by people on their own or in household groups;

Zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas

Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households

Hospitality venues with outside seating

The amount of guests allowed at funerals will rise to 15 at weddings and the number of people able to attend funerals will continue at 30.

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