Restrictions across England are being eased from Monday
Boris Johnson has called for a “heavy dose of caution” as indoor socialising and physical contact resumes against the backdrop of concerns over the Indian coronavirus variant.
The Prime Minister says that “now everyone must play their part”, as England pushes ahead with the third stage of the road map out of lockdown.
Pubs and restaurants will be able to welcome customers back indoors, household visits will resume and the foreign holiday ban will end.
Hugs and other physical contact between households will be permitted for the first time since restrictions began more than a year ago.
But the measures are being eased as top scientists warn of a “perilous moment”, with the Indian variant feared to be as much as 50% more transmissible than the Kent strain.