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Pubs, Haircuts, Gyms Must Wait As UK Lifts Lockdown Slowly

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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a media briefing on COVID-19, in Downing Street, London. Johnson is setting out a road map for lifting one of Europe’s strictest national lockdowns — but millions of Britons longing for a haircut or an evening out still face a long wait. Johnson is announcing plans Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 to ease restrictions in increments, starting by reopening schools in England on March 8. People will be allowed to meet one friend or relative for a chat or picnic outdoors from the same day. Three weeks later, people will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to six outdoors. But restaurants, pubs, gyms and hairdressers are likely to remain closed until at least April. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP, File)

(AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is setting out a road map for lifting one of Europe’s strictest national lockdowns — but millions of Britons longing for a haircut or an evening out still face a long wait. Johnson is announcing plans Monday to ease restrictions in increments, starting by reopening schools in England on March 8. People will be allowed to meet one friend or relative for a chat or picnic outdoors beginning that same day. Three weeks later, people will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to six outdoors. But restaurants, pubs, gyms and hairdressers are likely to remain closed until at least April.

 

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