Shops, hairdressers and pub beer gardens will be allowed to open from next Monday, as Boris Johnson confirmed the next stage of the Covid-19 roadmap will go ahead.
The Prime Minister announced England will move to step 2 of the road map from April 12 – which will see non-essential retail reopen, as well as gyms and outdoor hospitality.
And he gave an update on progress towards introducing vaccine passports and unlocking overseas travel this year.
International travel, aside from a few exceptions, remains illegal until at least May 17.
But the PM announced that when it reopens, it will be on a “traffic lights” basis, with people allowed to return from “green” rated countries without any kind of quarantine or isolation.
However, the government advised weary Brits to hold off on booking summer holidays for the time being.
The Government gave an update on Covid certificate plans, with trials of negative test certificates due to start at sport and comedy events later this month.