The wait for a well-earned pint and a long-overdue haircut is almost over.

Pubs, hairdressers and shops are allowed to reopen to customers on Monday, April 12, as the government continues to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in phases.

But while they prepare to welcome back customers, the government says thousands of other businesses must remain closed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says most of them will be allowed to reopen on May 17, unless there is a sharp increase in Covid cases and deaths, reports The Mirror.

According to the government's roadmap, it is aiming to lift all social distancing measures on June 21, so people can return to normality.

Here is a full list of businesses that must remain closed in the UK until May 17:

  • Pubs (indoor serving)

  • Restaurants (indoor serving)

  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs

  • Cinemas

  • Theatres

  • Concert halls

  • Museums and galleries

  • Adventure playgrounds and activities

  • Amusement arcades and adult gaming centres

  • Bingo halls

  • Casinos

  • Bowling alleys

  • Skating rinks

  • Games, recreation and entertainment venues such as escape rooms and laser quest

  • Play areas (including soft play centres and inflatable parks)

  • Model villages

  • Snooker and pool halls

  • Trampolining parks

  • Water and aqua parks

  • Indoor visitor attractions at theme parks and film studios

  • Indoor attractions at zoos, safari parks, aquariums and other animal attractions

  • Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, greenhouses and biomes

  • Indoor attractions at sculpture parks Indoor attractions at landmarks including observation wheels or viewing platforms Indoor attractions at stately or historic homes, castles, or other heritage sites

  • Conference centres and exhibition halls, including for the purposes of business events (subject to the capacity limits)

While some businesses, including pubs and restaurants, can open their doors on Monday, they can only serve punters outside.

Up to 15 people can also attend weddings and receptions, while 30 are allowed at funerals.

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According to the government's roadmap, six people or two households will be allowed to meet inside and up to 30 will be able to meet outdoors from from May 17.

According to reports, people may be allowed to attend sports matches, concerts and other events, but capacity will be limited.

The government says it will "update the advice on social distancing between friends and family" by May 17 – but until then "people should continue to keep their distance" from anyone not in their household or support bubble.

All social distancing rules are then due to be lifted on June 21, when nightclubs and adult entertainment venues are due to reopen for the first time since March 2020.

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