Updated Apr 12, 2021, 07:13pm EDT


People across England turned out to pubs and restaurants in droves Monday as many non-essential businesses were permitted to reopen for the first time in months as England gradually lifts its strict coronavirus lockdown.

Key Facts

As England entered the second stage of its coronavirus reopening plan, non-essential businesses like retail stores, salons, outdoor dining, gyms, spas and theme parks welcomed customers for the first time since country’s third lockdown was ordered in January.

The government’s third stage, slated to go into effect no later earlier than May 17, will allow even more entertainment venues in England to reopen, like museums, theatres, hotels, and permit exercise classes and international travel is permitted to resume.

The lockdown rollbacks are scheduled pending the England’s vaccination rate, hospital admissions and coronavirus infection and death figures.

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