British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he’d be going to the pub himself next Monday as he confirmed that the UK would be easing anti-coronavirus restrictions from April 12, as previously announced by his government.
“I can today confirm that from Monday the 12th of April we will move to step two of our roadmap, reopening shops, gyms, zoos, holiday campsites, personal care services like hairdressers and, of course, beer gardens and outdoor hospitality of all kinds,” Johnson said.
“On Monday, the 12th I will be going to the pub myself and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips,” he added.
Johnson said the easing of restrictions was fully justified by the data, namely a reduction in the number of cases and the rising number of people which have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
“We set out our roadmap and we’re sticking with it and I want to stress that we see nothing in the present data that makes us think that we will have to deviate,” he said, while still asking people to remain vigilant in light of the epidemiological situation elsewhere in Europe and uncertainty over how effective the “vaccine shield” will be when cases start to rise once again.