Curfew And Substantial Meal Requirement 'Could Be Scrapped' When Pubs Reopen
Pub curfews and the need to order a substantial meal with alcohol could be scrapped when bars and restaurants reopen in the UK.
The downtrend in confirmed cases and the number of infections combined with Mr Johnson's optimistic tone yesterday are raising all hopes of an easier Easter, with the Mail Online reporting that pubs could be open by April.
The government has already reached its target of giving the most vulnerable people in the UK the first does of the vaccine.
Health secretary Matt Hancock released a statement that read: "I'm so proud of the team - we've hit this fantastic milestone in our battle against COVID-19. In less than 10 weeks we've jabbed over 15 million people across the UK.
"That's one in every four adults now starting to receive protection from this dreadful disease."
Mr Johnson said on non-essential services reopening yesterday: "I'm optimistic, I won't hide it from you. I'm optimistic, but we have to be cautious.
"Our children's education is our number one priority, but then working forward, getting non-essential retail open as well and then, in due course as and when we can prudently, cautiously, of course we want to be opening hospitality as well."
In the last week, there was a 27 percent drop in the number of people who tested positive (97,272) across the UK.
Figures were confirmed yesterday that only 13,308 people have tested positive per day which seems promising in comparison to the staggering 60,000 positive tests per day from last month.
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Sixty-three Tory MPs who are Leaders of the lockdown-sceptic Covid Recovery Group (CRG) have sent a letter to the PM urging him to lift the lockdown by the end of April, according to the Mirror.
In the same letter, the MPs have argued that at the "tremendous pace" at which the vaccination rollout is going, restrictions should start to ease from early next month.
Still according to the Mirror, the letter said: "The vaccine gives us immunity from Covid but it must also give us permanent immunity from Covid-related lockdowns and restrictions."
Despite the cheerful spirits, scientists have alerted to the risk of another spike in case restrictions are lifted too son.
Speaking to the Mirror, Dr Bharat Pankhania, senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter medical school, said: "What the executives of pubs etc etc need to know is that failure to get it right equals back to square one.
"And back to square one equals much more pain economically, much more hardship.
Words: Cilene Tanaka
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