When can I eat indoors? Date when pubs and restaurants open for indoor dining

BRITS are finally getting a taste of freedom as lockdown restrictions are eased across the country.

Restaurants and pubs have opened up – but indoor dining is not allowed until the next stage of the lockdown roadmap.

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When can I eat a meal indoors?

According to Boris Johnson's lockdown roadmap, indoor dining will be possible on May 17.

Until then, outdoor service remains the only option.

Along with pubs, cinemas and indoor bingo halls, restaurants will also be able to open for indoor dining, with social distancing, in May.

Some businesses will not open and sadly some will stay closed forever as a result of the third national lockdown.

What are the current rules around dining?

As of 12 April 2021, pubs, restaurants and cafes can reopen for outdoor service.

Pubs are also allowed to offer takeaway pints – something which was banned during lockdown.

Customers will have to abide by the rule of six while dining outside.

Restaurant-goers will only be allowed inside to use the toilet and will have to wear a face masks when doing so.

However the government has ditched the hated 10pm curfew  and the substantial meal requirement, putting an end to the Scotch egg debate.

On April, 5, 2021, Boris Johnson confirmed the beginning of stage two of his roadmap out of lockdown.

Brits can also finally get their hair cut as barbers and hairdressers can open as well.

A number of Covid rules, including a ban on indoor socialising, remain in place.

Boris Johnson said the reopening has been made possible by Brits obeying the rules and staying at home and the success of the vaccine rollout.

He said: "And on Monday 12, I will be going to the pub myself and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips."

While social distancing is expected to stay in place until autumn, pubs and restaurants will have to ensure they are Covid-secure before reopening.

When will all restrictions be lifted?

On February 2021, Boris Johnson unveiled his cautious four-step roadmap to freedom.

After months of lockdown, the much-anticipated day all restrictions are expected to be lifted is June 21.

The Rule of Six will be ditched and all legal limits on social contact will be lifted.

Nightclubs are expected to open for the first time since March 2020, along with theatres.

It is hoped restrictions on weddings will also be scrapped.

Brits will also be able to book their summer holidays as the travel ban is lifted.

The Government has announced international travel will be governed by a "traffic light" system when it restarts again – set to be on May 17.

Under the scheme countries will be classified as either green, amber, or red, depending on their rate of vaccinations and testing capacity.

On April, 9, 2021, the transport secretary Grant Shapps urged Brits to wait to see which countries are on the green list before booking their holidays.

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