UK Covid live news: England faces cold weather as lockdown restrictions start to ease

Latest updates: Boris Johnson urges nation to ‘behave responsibly’ as pubs and restaurants open outdoor space and non-essential retail reopens

10.50am BST

Emma McClarkin, CEO of the British Beer & Pub Association, said some pubs were “hanging on by their fingertips” and needed government support to encourage customers back.

She told Sky News:

It’s a first small step in a very long journey to recovery.

The pandemic has been a really devastating time for all those in the beer and the pubs sector [and] […] we won’t be able to enter any sort of profit until all restrictions are lifted.

10.45am BST

Progress in tackling Covid-19 has created enough headroom to allow for further lockdown relaxations in Northern Ireland, deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has said.

PA reports:

O’Neill said she was confident the powersharing executive could agree a timetable for the reopening of more sections of society at a meeting on Thursday.

First Minister Arlene Foster has already expressed hope that opening dates for close-contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, and non-essential retail can be announced later this week.

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Source: The Guardian
UK Covid live news: England faces cold weather as lockdown restrictions start to ease