PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that stage two will come into force next Monday as planned.

Speaking in a government briefing, Mr Johnson said that from Monday, April 12, England will move to step two of its roadmap for lifting lockdown.

Shops, gyms, zoos, personal care services such as hairdressers, beer gardens and outdoor hospitality venues will all be allowed to reopen, with Mr Johnson revealing that he will be going to the pub himself on Monday.

Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation.

Mr Johnson said: “We think this is fully justified by the data.

“But we can’t be complacent. We can see the waves of sickness affecting other countries.

“We still don’t know how strong the vaccine shield will be when cases rise, which I’m afraid they will.”

He urged people to get their vaccine, or second dose, when called, and to use the free NHS tests even if they didn’t feel ill.

Tests can be obtained from pharmacies, local test sites or for home delivery.

Other changes to England's lockdown from 12 April include:

  • Spas can reopen, excluding saunas and steam rooms
  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will reopen
  • Zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances, close-contact services such as beauty and nail salons are all given the green light
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
  • The number of care home visitors will increase to two per resident