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Boris Johnson: Shops and gyms to reopen in England

Christian Fernsby |
UK prime minister Boris Johnson has announced retailers and leisure facilities in England will be able to resume trading next week, but pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will see only a partial easing of restrictions.

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The prime minister confirmed England’s lockdown will lift as planned on 2 December, and the country will return to a three tier regional system with the strictest lockdowns only in virus hotspots.

Johnson told the Commons on Monday that shops, personal care, gyms, and the leisure sector could reopen, while outdoor sports, weddings, collective worship and leaving home “for any purpose” will be allowed once more.

Spectator sports and business events will be free to resume indoors and outdoors with capacity limits in Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas with lower restrictions. A time limited Christmas “dispensation” allowing families to gather will be developed for the whole of the UK.

Venues in Tier 2 areas will only be allowed to serve alcohol alongside meals and Tier 3 areas only allowed to offer takeaways. A previous 10pm curfew will be extended to allow last orders at 10pm and closure at 11pm, however.

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