THE Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed when non-essential shops, including hairdressers, will be allowed to reopen following months of restrictions.

From April 12, all non-essential retail, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries and outdoor hospitality venues will be permitted to reopen.

It comes as the PM today announced his roadmap out of the third national lockdown, which has been in place since January 6. 

In a statement, the PM confirmed non-essential trade would be allowed to open in part two of four stages of the easing of restrictions.


He later confirmed that from May 17 at the earliest, two households or groups of up to six people will be allowed to mix indoors and limited crowds will be allowed at sporting events.

He said step two will begin “at least five weeks” after the first phase and no earlier than April 12, with an announcement at least seven days in advance.

“If analysis of the latest data against the four tests requires a delay then this and subsequent steps will also be delayed to maintain the five-week gap.”

The PM told MPs: “We will begin to reopen our pubs and restaurants outdoors and honourable members will be relieved there will be no curfew and the Scotch egg debate will be over as there will be no requirement for alcohol to be accompanied by a substantial meal.”

Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will also reopen in this phase along with public libraries and community centres, he said.