Boris Johnson last night confirmed that the second step of the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown will go ahead as planned next week.

From Monday, 12 April, all English retailers will be permitted to reopen their doors to the public after months of enforced closures.

As well as jewellers and other non-essential retailers, other businesses permitted to reopen include gyms, hairdressers and outdoor hospitality.

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There are no changes to the rules on meeting up with other households, so indoor businesses such as shops must only be visited by people from the same household.

After thanking the British public for their efforts in adhering to lockdown restrictions and helping stop the spread of Covid-19, Boris Johnson confirmed that the second stage of the ‘roadmap’ would go ahead next Monday.

He said: “And the net result of your efforts and the vaccine roll-out is that I can today confirm that from Monday 12 April, we will move to Step Two of our roadmap – re-opening shops, gyms, zoos, holiday campsites, personal care services like hairdressers and, of course, beer gardens and outdoor hospitality of all kinds.

“And on Monday the 12th I will be going to the pub myself – and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips.”

The next step of the roadmap is set to come into action on 17 May, if the Government permits it after reviewing the data on the virus at that time.

It will see indoor hospitality return, along with a number of other changes to lockdown restrictions.