Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm that hospitality venues will be able to open for indoor trading from 17 May, as part of the next stage of restrictions being lifted.

He will host a press conference at 5pm today (10 May) in which he will confirm the further easing of restrictions, with pubs and restaurants able serve groups of six, or two households indoors for the first time since December last year.

The next stage of the government’s roadmap will also see hotels able to reopen, and group exercise to resume.

Speaking last night, Johnson said: “The data reflects what we already knew — we are not going to let this virus beat us.

“The road map remains on track, our successful vaccination programme continues — more than two thirds of adults in the UK have now had the first vaccine — and we can now look forward to unlocking cautiously but irreversibly.”