Hospitality venues are able open their doors for outside trading from today (12 April), but while the Prime Minister has said people should enjoy their new freedoms, he warned that the public remain wary of the risks.

Boris Johnson said the reopening was “a major step forward in our roadmap to freedom as venues such as shops, hairdressers, nail salons, outdoor attractions, and pubs and restaurants open once again”.

“I’m sure it will be a huge relief for those business owners who have been closed for so long, and for everyone else it’s a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed,” he added.

Commenting on reopening, Patrick Dardis, chief executive, Young’s said described reopening today as “a very small step towards getting our business back to anywhere near viability”. 

”We are only allowed to serve outdoors, which is so reliant on the weather. We are pleased to be opening circa 140 pubs, as we are determined to play our part in kickstarting the economy.

”However, let’s not get too excited as we still cannot serve indoors. At least half of UK pubs and 60% of restaurants will not be opening today, as the restrictions make it unviable. Even on 17th May, we will not be trading anywhere near normal,” he added. 

The reopening of outdoor hospitality comes as the UK reports seven coronavirus deaths within 28 days of a positive result – the lowest number since mid-September.

Meanwhile The Centre for Economics and Business Research has estimated that hospitality venues in England will take in £314m from outdoor customers in the coming week - which is on top of any revenue streams from takeaway orders.