APRIL 12 marks the next phase of lockdown easing – including a cheeky loophole which means you can go INSIDE a pub. A handful have a 24-hour license – and are gearing up to welcome punters back as soon as the clock strikes 12, as Brits are set to sink 15million pints next week. Non-essential shops, hairdressers and theme parks, as well as restaurants with outdoor space, reopen in England on Monday. A legal loophole means even pubs without gardens can fling open their doors to customers. Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can utilise any outdoor space available to them as a makeshift drinking and dining area - an initiative first mooted last June. Pub-goers will be able to soak up the sun in beer gardens across the UK, with a ‘mini-heatwave’ expected. It comes as the single-dose Janssen vaccine is set to be approved in DAYS with the UK's fourth Covid jab expected to help widen the rollout to under-50s. A decision by the health regulator is expected to be made within … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news UK – Legal loophole means Brits CAN go inside pubs tomorrow as lockdown restrictions end at midnight
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A s the alumni of this year’s Love Island readjust to the outside world and try to parlay their 15 minutes of fame into provincial panto roles and protein-shake endorsement deals, Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain (Channel 4) was a salutary lesson. Ten years after the death of Jade Goody , this documentary traced her meteoric rise and tragic fall . When the Bermondsey dental nurse with drug addict parents appeared in the 2002 series of Big Brother, she was initially vilified. Snobs dismissed her as “thick”. Tabloids cruelly caricatured her as a “chav” and a “pig”. Gradually, though, Goody won over millions with her wit, warmth and guileless honesty. By the time she was voted out of the Big Brother house, she was a media sweetheart, made a fortune and even considered running for Mayor of London. The mind boggles. Here, archive footage provoked a Noughties nostalgia rush, back to when Big Brother and Pop Idol were in their pomp, before reality TV saturation. The film … [Read more...] about Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, review: This bloated Noughties nostalgia rush did Goody a disservice
The Queen described her husband the Duke of Edinburgh's death as leaving a "huge void in her life", Prince Andrew has said. Paying tribute to his father, Prince Philip , the Duke of York said his death means "we've lost almost the grandfather of the nation". Andrew is feeling "very sorry and supportive of my mother who's feeling it probably more than everybody else", he added. Members of the Royal Family have been attending a service at the the Royal Chapel of All Saints of Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park. Talking about the wave of affection for him since his death, Prince Edward said his father "always thought of others before himself" and described the tributes to him as "fantastic". Edward told reporters: "It's been a bit of a shock. However much one tries to prepare oneself for something like this it's still a dreadful shock. "And we're still trying to come to terms with that. And it's very, very sad." The Earl of Wessex added: "It just goes to show: he might … [Read more...] about Prince Philip: Queen described loss of Duke of Edinburgh as a ‘huge void in her life’, says Andrew
Each UK nation has set out a roadmap out of lockdown with specific dates. From Monday 12 April, England's lockdown eases significantly. Here are the timetables for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in each UK nation: England There are four steps to easing England's lockdown. Advertisement The prime minister hopes to be able to lift the majority of rules by 21 June, but this is dependent on cases, deaths and hospital admissions continuing to fall so the dates are the earliest any of the stated rules could be lifted. There will be no regional tier systems - England will be treated as one in the easing of lockdown. Step one was completed in two parts on 8 and 29 March. Boris Johnson has confirmed England will progress to the next planned stage of lockdown lifting from Monday as he said the roadmap was on track. The next steps are as follows: Step Two - 12 April: Mr Johnson has confirmed this will take place on 12 April thanks to a … [Read more...] about COVID-19: What’s allowed from 12 April as lockdown eases in England?
SNOW is expected to hit parts of Britain TOMORROW while some regions will enjoy cold sunshine as pubs and shops reopen to Brits. Despite the sun it is still expected to be cold on Monday so anyone venturing out for a pint should probably take a coat. Forecasters say temperatures could be on the chilly side, with the mercury expected to struggle to reach over 8C in London. Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said Monday would be “a cold day with bright weather for most”, adding: “It’s certainly looking fine, dry and cold in the South.” England saw its coldest April day in eight years on Wednesday, with the temperature hitting a freezing -7.5C in Benson, South Oxfordshire. And another Arctic plunge is on its way to the UK, according to The Weather Outlook. The forecaster predicted in an update: "A band of patchy rain pushes down over central and southern counties today. "Areas to its north will be cold and bright, but wintry showers develop. "The weekend brings … [Read more...] about UK Weather forecast – Snow TOMORROW as temperatures plunge below freezing ahead of pub and shops reopening