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UK Announces Re-Opening Of Dining, International Travel, Clubs
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced a plan to lift the United Kingdom’s restrictions, slowly and safely. The restrictions will be lifted in stages.
Stage one is coming within the next two weeks, allowing people to meet outside. The second stage, coming April 12, allows the reopening of outdoor dining at restaurants and pubs, as well as shops and hairdressers.
However, for international travelers looking to enter the U.K. or U.K. residents looking to travel abroad, Johnson said May 17 is the earliest date for international travel.
Currently, anyone returning to the UK must get tested prior to arrival and quarantine, then get re-tested and/or quarantine in a hotel, depending on where they are coming from.
May 17 is also when Johnson is expected to allow movie theaters and indoor dining at restaurants and bars to reopen. Nightclubs and gatherings in groups larger than 10, will resume by June 21.
“At every stage, our decisions will be led by data, not dates,” Johnson said in an address to the House of Commons, according to The New York Times. This comes as the U.K rolls out the vaccine to citizens.
17 million people have already receive the vaccine in Britain and officials are hoping to have every adult vaccinated by the end of July.