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Back in business: Pubs, hairdressers and shops reopen as lockdown eases

Back in business: Pubs, hairdressers and shops reopen as lockdown eases

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Businesses have wasted little time in welcoming back customers after lockdown measures eased across the UK at midnight.Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the nation to "behave responsibly" as non-essential shops, hairdressers, salons, pubs, restaurants and gyms reopened in England. In Wales, people can now also visit non-essential shops and travel across the border to other areas of the UK from today.Meanwhile, people in Northern Ireland are now allowed to meet 10 others outside as the "stay at home" order has been scrapped.Live COVID updates from across the UK and around the world ...
‘Bleak future’ for UK pubs as they mark a year since first lockdown closures

‘Bleak future’ for UK pubs as they mark a year since first lockdown closures

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UK pubs face a "bleak future" as they mark a year since being forced to close due to the first coronavirus lockdown.Dave Mountford, a publican and campaigner at the Forum for British Pubs, told Sky News that at least 2,000 pubs have already closed permanently. He said the remainder will need significant financial help. "Pubs will need additional financial support for years if they are to recover from this," Mr Mountford said."Many pubs will be reopening with a huge amount of debt. They took bounce-back loans but this industry hasn't bounced back and we don't know if drinkers will even return to wet-pubs. ...
Pubs deluged with beer garden bookings

Pubs deluged with beer garden bookings

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Getty ImagesEngland's pubs have been deluged by people eager to book space from when beer gardens reopen on 12 April, industry group UK Hospitality has said.From that date, pubs are expected to be able to serve customers sitting outdoors.One Leeds pub reported that it had taken in 700 bookings in just five hours this week.Demand has been so high that scammers have even taken to advertising fake pub bookings.Pubs in most of the UK have been closed to sit-in customers during the latest lockdown, creating pent-up demand."Our members that can open outdoor areas have reported strong interest from customers, which is not surprising after such a long period of closure," said Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality.During the most recent lockdown, pubs in England have been allowed to serv...
Coronavirus: David Lammy warns that people are ‘bubbling out of pubs’ due to curfew

Coronavirus: David Lammy warns that people are ‘bubbling out of pubs’ due to curfew

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Shadow justice secretary David Lammy has said that the introduction of a 22:00 curfew for pubs in England has led to people "bubbling out of pubs" at the same time.The Labour MP said that drinkers were "hanging around towns and they're potentially spreading the virus".Mr Lammy questioned the "science" behind the new restrictions, saying: "It's not clear where that came from."But the culture secretary said: "There is definitely science behind it."Oliver Dowden, speaking to BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, insisted: "That's why we're requiring people to be seated in pubs and restaurants, so that stops the flow of them to and from the bar."We are reducing the closing times to stop people staying later and drinking.""And the point about all of this is that everyon...
Coronavirus: Pubs and hairdressers reopen as England’s lockdown eases

Coronavirus: Pubs and hairdressers reopen as England’s lockdown eases

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Rollercoaster rides, early morning pints and long barber shop queues - this is how England is emerging after three months of coronavirus lockdown.Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and theme parks have reopened with strict social distancing rules.But ministers have urged caution and England's chief medical officer said the latest step was not "risk-free".Chancellor Rishi Sunak welcomed the reopening of businesses, saying it was "good news" people are working again.On a visit to The Bell and Crown in Chiswick, west London, Mr Sunak said the almost half a million people who worked in Britain's pubs and bars were "helping us all to enjoy summer safely".Overnight stays are also allowed for the fir...