As pubs, bars, and restaurants are preparing to reopen this weekend, the prime minister has warned people not to “overdo” it.
After three months of forced closure, Boris Johnson will lead a Downing Street press conference ahead of Saturday’s easing.
A spokesperson for the prime minister said: “We do want people to be able to enjoy themselves but at the same time, now we have got coronavirus under control we need to keep it under control.”
“The guidance is there, we want people to follow it and then we can make more progress together in the fight against coronavirus. The PM has said that it is important that people don’t overdo it.”
As well as pubs, bars, and restaurants, the UK will also see the opening of many hairdressers, barbers, hotels, leisure facilities, and tourist attractions.
In order to allow the opening of restaurants and pubs, this Saturday will also see two-meter social distancing rule reduced to one-meter.
Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, said that whilst the lockdown was easing it is still important to be aware of the risks.
“We do need the lockdown to be eased and we support the principle of easing the lockdown,” he said.
“We’ve got to be alive to the risks, which is why it’s very important the government can demonstrate the track, trace and isolate scheme is working well and that we can deal with spikes and local outbreaks.”