LiveThe glorious 12th: Live updates as shops, gyms, pubs and restaurants reopen as lockdown continues to be relaxed

Today's the day when the country take its second step out of lockdown as the government continues to roll out its 'roadmap' plan.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:36 pm
Live updates as lockdown restrictions are lifted

We'll be bringing you all the latest, as pubs, gyms, restaurants, outdoor attractions and shops across the county reopen their doors for the first time in more than 3 months ...

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April 12: Lockdown relief

Last updated: Monday, 12 April, 2021, 14:30

Staff at Time Coffee Shop, Preston Road, Standish in their outdoor dining area

Customers at Time Coffee Shop, Preston Road, Standish

Enjoying the drinks and the sun in the beer garden of The Albion Ale House in Standish

Customers in The Albion Ale House beer garden, Standish

Wiganers queue outside The Royal Oak pub

Libby Harrison (left) and owner Abbie Pilkington celebrate opening new salon Abbies in Ashton-in-Makerfield

Gill Cullen and the team at Rebel Hair, Wigan, are excited to be welcoming customers back to the salon

The Moon Under Water in the town centre has not re-opened today

A reminder of what has changed from today ...

All non-essential shops, attractions, gyms and retail to open

Domestic overnight stays (household) and self-contained accommodation can open

Wakes, weddings and receptions can now include up to 15 people

Pubs can open outdoors (table service only)

Working from home where possible is still encouraged

Shoppers out and about early in the Grand Arcade

Car dealers are ready to ‘welcome customers back into showrooms’ after several months of lockdown-related closures.

That’s according to Mike Hawes, chief executive of trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), who said that while click-and-collect services – which have allowed drivers to purchase a car online and either take delivery of it at home or collect it – has ‘helped the sector to survive, it cannot replace the experience of choosing and test driving a new car in person’.

He said: “Consumers returning to showrooms will notice some changes, not just in the updated Covid safety measures, but also in the increasing choice of new car technologies and there are now more “green” choices than ever before. With 150 models of battery electric, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell and hybrid electric vehicles on sale, that’s one in three models capable of zero emission motoring.”

Queues forming outside the Grand Arcade’s Debenhams store

When gates re-open today, visitors to Knowsley Safari might spot a very special new resident - male Amur tiger, Miron - and the introduction of the 2 metre-long big cat could create a significant step forward for this endangered species.

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