When will pubs and restaurants reopen in England?

22 February 2021, 11:48 | Updated: 22 February 2021, 15:43

Pubs reopening in England: UK public want to know when they'll reopen again
Pubs reopening in England: UK public want to know when they'll reopen again. Picture: PA

By Zoe Adams

As the roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown begins, there are further questions around when pubs, bars and restaurants will reopen again following the third lockdown.

Boris Johnson and the government have announced plans for a roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown with one of the biggest questions being, when will pubs and restaurants reopen again in England?

With the majority of pubs, bars and restaurants closing in January 2021, and with areas in Covid tier 4 before Christmas, businesses and the public are keen to get them back up and running again.

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Here’s when pubs and restaurants could reopen in England and when they closed as the UK get their hopes up for a roadmap out of lockdown:

Pubs and bars could reopen from May with outdoor socialising encouraged
Pubs and bars could reopen from May with outdoor socialising encouraged. Picture: PA

When did pubs, bars and restaurants close for lockdown in England?

Across the country, pubs and restaurants closed at different times as different tier restrictions were put in place.

Those placed in tiers three and four were forced to close from 16 December with the rest of the country closing their public houses from 5 January.

Pubs in the UK closed from January 2021 under new coronavirus lockdown measures
Pubs in the UK closed from January 2021 under new coronavirus lockdown measures. Picture: PA

When will pubs and restaurants reopen in England 2021?

The government have officially confirmed their roadmap out of lockdown with key dates of when certain sectors can reopen in England as long as four government tests are passed.

With this in mind, pubs will be able to open for outdoor eating no earlier than 12 April, a date which will be confirmed in the lead up.

Then, no earlier than 17 May, pubs will be able to open indoors with no rules on ordering meals and last orders. However, the rule to sit and order will remain.

As with the other lockdowns, it’s believed these facilities will be one of the last to open. However, there is potential for pub gardens to open as social gatherings outdoors are permitted again.