Pubs and restaurants will re-open from April 12 – but only for outdoor seating

The countdown is on until the first stage of the lockdown restriction easing kicks in.

There will be about five weeks between each of the four dates to allowed the government time to assess the impact being made on the coronavirus pandemic.

Brits are already counting down the days, and the road to normality begins on Monday, March 8.

Then about a month later, which at the earliest April 12, stage two arrives and we can enjoy a pint again.

But on May 17 comes stage three – and the recovery roadmap really starts to come into play. Fingers crossed, by June 21 we'll be almost back to how things used to be.

Here is all the info you need to know and what the rules will be.

Stage one – March 8

Pubs and restaurants are staying closed for now but schools will reopen to all pupils from Monday.

After-school sports and activities will also be allowed to restart.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Our priority has always been getting children back into school which we know is crucial for their education as well as their mental and physical wellbeing, and we will also be prioritising ways for people to reunite with loved ones safely.”

Stage two – April 12

Restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers – but they must be sitting outdoors to sup a beer.

The "substantial meal" rule for ordering alcohol has been dropped, and there will be no curfew.

People can meet in a group of up to six people from different households; a maximum of two households can meet to form a group of any size. Shops and hairdressers can also open their doors again.

Stage three – May 17

Hospitality venues can seat customers indoors but social distancing measures remain.

Parties can be made up of a maximum of six people or two households of any size; groups seated outside must be smaller than 30 people.

Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can also reopen and holidays abroad become possible.

Stage four – June 21

If all goes well, and all the government's tests are met, all restrictions will be lifted, and even nightclubs will be allowed to re-open.

Socialising in people’s homes will reportedly be among the last restrictions to be eased.

UK-based holidays and fans returning to sports stadiums is also being left until last.

But remember – the PM says dates will be changed if needed.

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