Tiers for beers: End of lockdown explained measure by measure

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Caption: How people will actually be following Boris's four step plan picture: Getty/ metro.co.uk

A simplified guide to Boris’s roadmap out of lockdown (Picture: Getty Images/Metro.co.uk)

After a ‘wretched year’ of three national lockdowns and regional restrictions, Boris Johnson has promised ‘the end really is in sight’.

Last night the Prime Minister unveiled his four-step roadmap out of lockdown, with the aim of returning the country back to relative normality by July.

We’ve all had to make great sacrifices, as the coronavirus pandemic has forced us to change our way of life in ways we could never imagine.

People have gone months without seeing their family, are in desperate need of a haircut and are going stir crazy being stuck at home all day long.

But perhaps one of the biggest things we’ve taken for granted is the comforting presence of the pub.

Many of you will have been doing plenty of drinking at home (be honest), but it’s not alcohol that people are missing, rather, it’s the simple pleasure of being able to catch up with a friend over a pint (or several) at your local boozer.

Some of us will be so tired of awkwardly trying to keep a distance from people in the street, that a sweaty and crowded nightclub might be what we need to feel like this nightmare is finally over.

There’s plenty to be excited about over the coming months, but here’s a stripped down version of the roadmap out of lockdown, measured in pints.

Step One – March 8

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: A group of people gathering on Parliament Hills on Hampstead Heath with a view of the City of London in the background, during warm, sunny weather on June 02, 2020 in London, UK. The British government further relaxed Covid-19 quarantine measures in England this week, allowing groups of six people from different households to meet in parks and gardens, subject to social distancing rules. Many schools also reopened and vulnerable people who are shielding in their homes are allowed to go outside again. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

Tinnies in the park are back on the cards from March 8 (Picture: Getty Images)

Under the first step of the PM’s plan, you will also be able to have tinnies in the park with one friend from another household outdoors.

Although you may have already been doing this while walking under the guise of ‘exercise’.

This is also great news for people whose love lives have been lacking over lockdown, as they will be able to take their date for a bottle of wine at the beach (for considerably less money than a pub or restaurant).

You could also enjoy drinks in your garden or any outdoor space with up to five other people from March 29.

Step Two – April 12

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 06: Members of the public enjoy their first drink in a beer garden at SWG3 on July 06, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Beer gardens across Scotland are permitted to reopen today, as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased further in the country. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

People are eagerly awaiting the chance to have a freshly poured pint once again (Picture: Getty Images)

If all goes to plan, people can return to the the pub from April 12, a day that will be circled on many calendars.

Yes, it will be restricted to the ‘rule of six’ and limited to outdoor seating areas, but that’s unlikely to put people off from getting the rounds in.

Step Three – May 17

The Prime Minister has said ‘most restrictions on meeting outdoors will be lifted’ from May 17.

The limit on outdoor gatherings will be increased to 30 people and you’ll even be able to have a small drinking session inside your home again.

Indoor mixing will be limited to the rule of six or two households if the group is larger than six.

Step Four – June 21

Inside Sub Club in Glasgow.2018. See SWNS story SWSCclub. The boss of one of the UK's top clubs warned a plan needed to be drawn up for reopening in order to stop illegal raves happening - and said it was key for young people's mental health. Mike Grieve, 62, has run Sub Club in Glasgow since 1994, and the club has been ranked 'one of the best rave experiences on the planet' by MixMag. More than ??180,000 was fundraised to help it stay afloat after a furlough application was declined and has been used to keep 30 staff plus freelancers including DJs in their jobs. Dad-of-two Mike ruled out many proposals put forward including mass testing and rapid flow tests which he believes are better suited to festivals than nightclubs - and would 'take the magic' out of the experience.

Remember these? (Picture: SWNS)

It felt like we’d never see the day, but this is when the Government reckons we’ll finally be able to ‘remove all legal limits on social contact’.

Being in a nightclub or at a crowded gig might seem a bit alien now, but those will all be back on the cards, with testing potentially being used as a way to prevent further outbreaks.

With no social distancing rules in place, you’ll be free to drink to your heart’s content and give a massive bear hug to all of your pals, same household or not.

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Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown

Boris Johnson has laid out his plans to lift Covid-19 restrictions in England, following weeks of lockdown which began on January 4.

The Prime Minister confirmed that the route back to normality will depend upon four tests for easing restrictions and will take into account the success of the vaccine rollout.



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