England prepares for reopening, Johnson reminds public to be cautious
Marking the major step in combatting the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on people across the country to responsibly enjoy their newfound freedoms as non-essential services including shops, hairdressers and gyms reopen.
"Today is a major step forward in our roadmap to freedom as venues such as shops, hairdressers, nail salons, outdoor attractions, and pubs and restaurants open once again," Johnson said in a statement.
"I'm sure it will be a huge relief for those business owners who have been closed for so long, and for everyone else it's a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed," he added.
Although hospitality services such as restaurants, cafes, and pubs will open their doors to the public, they will only be allowed to serve customers in an outdoor setting and as such, those establishments that do not have a garden or outdoor area will remain closed until May 17.
Johnson also reminded the public to be cautious and not take risks when going out and meeting people outside their social bubble, urging "everyone to continue to behave responsibly and remember 'hands, face, space and fresh air' to suppress COVID as we push on with our vaccination programme." ■