The easing of lockdown restrictions will move forward in England, with pubs and restaurants to begin reopening from Monday.

Boris Johnson said last night there was nothing in the data to suggest that he would have to deviate from the country’s road map out of lockdown, allowing hospitality to start serving outdoors from next week.

From May 17, a further easing of restrictions on indoor hospitality will go ahead.

Commenting, Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality said the trade body was “delighted” hospitality could emerge from restrictions as planned.

She said: “Given the on-going success of the vaccination rollout and the very low incidence of new infections and serious illness, we welcome today’s reassurance and certainty that there is no reason or need to deviate from this roadmap.”

The encouraging news was marred by the issue of Covid-status passports, which appeared to have been ruled out according to Sunday newspapers reports, only to be put back in the frame by the prime minister last night.

Johnson said the proposals had yet to be fully developed but pledged to consult parliament before anything was implemented.

Under plans confirmed by Johnson, from Monday non-essential retail shops, gyms and hairdressers will also be allowed to resume business.

Johnson said he would mark the occasion by “cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer” at the pub.

He said as he expected that cases would rise as a result of restrictions being eased.

According to new documents published by the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), the lifting of restrictions on April 12 is unlikely to cause cases to rise enough to put a strain on the NHS.

However when larger groups are allowed to meet, and the reopening of indoor venues on May 17 and the lifting of most restrictions on June 21, could generate a “far larger wave”.

In documents published yesterday alongside Johnson’s announcement, ministers warned that as the economy opened up, Covid-status passports were likely to become a feature of everyday life.