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As per Boris Johnson’s roadmap for easing lockdown, today (April 12) is a crucial date for many businesses across England. Swathes of businesses will now be able to open today for the first time since January.

Personal care services, such as hairdressers, have been allowed to open from Monday, as have spas and tanning salons.

Indoor leisure and sports facilities have also been allowed to reopen, including gyms and swimming pools.

For those hoping to take a ‘staycation’ soon, self-contained accommodation has also been allowed to reopen.

A large proportion of hospitality businesses have also been allowed to open in some circumstances, including restaurants and cafes.

Can pubs reopen from April 12?

Only pubs with outdoor areas are able to operate from April 12 and customers must order, eat and drink while seated at a table.

Unlike previous lockdown rules, there is no longer a requirement for people to order a substantial meal with their alcohol and there is no curfew in place.

The Government guidance states: “Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) can reopen.

“Hospitality venues will also be able to provide alcohol for takeaway, click-and-collect, and drive-through (in addition to delivery services).

“Some venues may wish to erect outdoor shelters.”

The Government guidance has outlined guidance on what counts as ‘outdoors’.

The Government guidance explains: “To be considered ‘outdoors’, shelters, marquees and other structures can have a roof but need to have at least 50 percent of the area of their walls open at all times whilst in use.

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“These venues may allow customers to use toilets located inside.”

Pubs which do not have any or enough outdoor space may not be reopening from April 12.

From May 17 at the earliest, it is hoped indoor facilities at restaurants and pubs will be allowed to reopen, but this will be dependent on the data nearer the time.

It is hoped groups of up to six people, or two households, will be able to visit pubs and restaurants on this date.

Can pubs show sport outside?

Pubs may be permitted to show sport in outside settings from April 12.

Andy Grimsey, partner at licensing experts Poppleston Allen, said: “Government Guidance states: ‘For many restaurants, pubs and bars, providing entertainment such as recorded music, live sports broadcasts, quizzes, live musicians or comedians are an important part of their business.’

“Steps that will usually need to be taken in advance of offering entertainment:

  1. Determining the viability of entertainment and maximum audience numbers consistent with social distancing outside and within venues and other safety considerations.
  2. Preventing entertainment, such as broadcasts, that is likely to encourage audience behaviours increasing transmission risk. For example, loud background music, communal dancing, group singing or chanting.”

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