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Shops, Gyms, Outdoor Dining Restart In Britain

Shops, Gyms, Outdoor Dining Restart In Britain

Monday, 12 April, 2021 - 11:45
A man crosses the street backdropped by the Royal Exchange in the City of London financial district in London, Jan. 5, 2021, on the first morning of England entering a third national lockdown since the coronavirus outbreak began. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday night announced a tough new stay-at-home order that will last at least six weeks, as authorities struggle to stem a surge in COVID-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals around the UK (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to “behave responsibly” as shops, gyms, hairdressers, restaurant patios and beer gardens reopen after months of lockdown.


Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus.


Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said businesses were “excited and desperate” to welcome customers back.


At a hairdresser in Birmingham, customer Amy Smith said she was thrilled to be getting a trim at last, The Associated Press reported.


“It’s great to be here, I’ve been going with this weird little topknot for a few months now,” she said.


Many people were planning outdoor meals and drinks, despite unseasonably cold weather that brought snow to London and many other areas.


Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are following their own, broadly similar plans to ease lockdown.


Britain has had Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak, with more than 127,000 confirmed deaths.


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