For the first time since the lockdown measures kicked in to curb the COVID-19 spread, people across England had their first night out after coronavirus restrictions eased. This much wanted move comes after a gap of over three months.
Hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants as well as hairdressers, cinemas and theme parks reopened with social distancing rules, reports BBC.
But ministers urged caution and England’s chief medical officer said the latest step was not “risk-free”.
Restrictions on the hospitality sector remain in place in Scotland and Wales. Pubs were allowed to open in Northern Ireland since Friday.
In England, people are being allowed to stay the night away from home for the first time since lockdown started, with campsites and holiday accommodation also reopening.
Despite the relaxation of restrictions, some 30% of bars, pubs and restaurants have stayed shut, according to the Night-Time Industries Association, amid fears for safety and concerns over how to implement social distancing guidance, the report said.
Despite the easing of restrictions, public health experts are continuing to warn people to be cautious to avoid a second UK wave of the epidemic.
The latest figures, released on Saturday, reported a further 67 COVID-19 deaths in the UK, bringing the death toll to 44,198.
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