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.
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 ...
April 12: Lockdown relief
Last updated: Monday, 12 April, 2021, 14:30
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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
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.”