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The important dates for Manchester’s pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues

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Yesterday Boris Johnson outlined the details of his ‘roadmap out of lockdown’, which is set to be implemented in four stages.

The first stage will see schools reopen and limited social contact being allowed again, but then in the second stage we’ll start to see more movement, with plans to reopen large parts of the economy.

At this point we’ll finally be able to return to some of our favourite pubs, bars and restaurants, although there will still be some restrictions in place.

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This second step is expected to begin on April 12th as the lockdown easing continues in five-week intervals, with the whole process potentially stretching into June – by which point the prime minister says we should be back to ‘normal’.

Gyms, hairdressers, beauty salons, and non-essential shops will reopen in stage two, which will happen on April 12th at the earliest, as well as libraries, zoos, museums, theme parks, hotels, hostels, Airbnbs and self-catering holiday accommodation.

Pubs, restaurants and bars will also reopen in this stage, but for outdoor service only to begin with.

This means you can be in a group of up to six people – or a larger group from two different households – in an outside area like a beer garden or outdoor dining area.

Mr Johnson also confirmed unpopular rules like having to buy a ‘substantial meal’ with your pint and the 10pm curfew will be scrapped, but you will have to be sat to consume your food or drink.

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Stage three will happen no earlier than May 17th, with gatherings of up to 30 people outside allowed, the ‘rule of six’ introduced inside – meaning you can meet up to six mates inside the pub, or go for a meal inside – as well as large-scale sports events and performances returning.

This stage will see up to 30 people being able to meet outdoors, including in outside areas at pubs and restaurants, with indoor social mixing also allowed again – but only up to six people or two households.

Large-scale sporting events or performances can resume but with limited numbers to start with, as up to 1,000 people will be allowed indoors and up to 4,000 (or the venue being half full) allowed outside.

Bigger football stadiums will be able to allow up to 10,000 fans (or a quarter of capacity).

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Then the final stage, step four, will happen no earlier than June 21st, and will see all number limits on socialising removed, with nightclubs reopening, and international travel potentially resuming.

This will be the final step, with the prime minister saying he hopes this will be ‘irreversible’, and it will see the limit on the numbers of people that can mix indoors or outdoors removed.

All the dates are dependent on four tests being met, which are vaccination targets, the vaccine reducing hospitalisation and deaths, the pressure on the NHS easing, and new Covid variants not derailing the plans.

Any dates given are subject to these four tests being met.

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Gary Neville ‘considering running for Manchester mayor’ after joining Labour party

The football pundit has officially joined the Labour party

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Gary Neville is reportedly eyeing up the position of Manchester mayor after joining the Labour party, a government official has claimed today.

The Manchester United legend, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Boris Johnson and the Conservative party, confirmed that he had joined the party on a BBC podcast this week.

He said: “I have joined in the last few days the Labour Party. That is purely for myself, I want to support Labour.

“I do believe we need a progressive Labour Party, but one that not just looks after what would be the left side of the party, it has to come towards the centre.”

And when asked whether his move could mean running for public office, he replied: “I don’t know at the moment.”

Culture secretary Lucy Powell has since confirmed that Neville has joined the party, saying he had discussed it with her ‘for a while’. She then added that he could potentially run as Labour’s Greater Manchester mayoral candidate in 2024.

Powell, who is also the MP for Manchester Central, said: “I personally think he’s more than capable of navigating – well, steaming – his way through the world of politics! Look forward to helping.”

Powell’s tweet was in response to a rumour from Jim Waterson, the media editor of The Guardian, who claims Neville is ‘not ruling out’ running to become the mayor of Greater Manchester.

Neville has previously expressed doubts about his abilities in the world of politics, however, saying in the podcast: “I say to myself sometimes I’m able to communicate, I know what I want, I have got a business mind, I can manage people in respect of businesses.

“But I just think I’d get eaten alive. I don’t know what Whitehall is like, Westminster is like.

“I can only imagine what you have to do there to survive and I don’t play the game, so how can I get in?”

Greater Manchester’s current mayor Andy Burnham is one of the most popular politicians in the country right now, and achieved landslide victories in the 2017 and 2021 mayoral elections.

Burnham worked as an MP between 2001 and 2017 and was a government minister under Gordon Brown, the most recent Labour PM to date.

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Number 10 apologises to the Queen for lockdown parties on eve of Prince Philip’s funeral

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Downing Street has said sorry to the Queen over the lockdown parties held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.

Number 10 apologised after new reports revealed there were two parties held at the address the day before the Queen was pictured alone at Philip’s funeral.

According to the prime minister’s spokesperson, it was ‘deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning’.

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They said: “It’s deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning, and No10 has apologised to the Palace.

“You’ve heard from the Prime Minister this week, he’s recognised No10 should be held to the highest standards and take responsibility for the things we did not get right.

“We have apologised to the Palace.”

According to the new reports, around thirty Downing Street staff held two parties the night before the Queen sat alone at Prince Philip’s socially-distanced funeral.

Advisors and civil servants have been accused of hosting a party and ‘drinking into the early hours’ of the morning of April 16th 2021, The Telegraph reports.

Eyewitnesses claim people at the party danced to music and went to the Co-op on the Strand ‘with a suitcase’ to stock up on wine.

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These eyewitnesses claim that some partygoers ‘worried there was too much wine spilling on the basement carpet’, while one person broke a child’s swing allegedly belonging to the prime minister’s son Wilf.

At the time, the rest of the country was under instructions to not socialise indoors with anyone but their own households, and to only meet others outdoors in groups of six or two households.

This comes as Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to resign after admitting to attending a Downing Street garden party in the first national lockdown in May 2020.

The Prime Minister said he went into the garden just after 6pm on May 20th 2020 to thank staff but ‘believed implicitly that this was a work event’.

 

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Downing Street staff ‘held two parties’ night before Queen sat alone at Prince Philip’s funeral

Reports claim staff danced to music and ‘went to Co-op for wine’

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Around thirty Downing Street staff held two parties the night before the Queen sat alone at Prince Philip’s funeral, according to new reports.

Advisors and civil servants have been accused of hosting a party and ‘drinking into the early hours’ of the morning of April 16th 2021, just hours before Queen Elizabeth was forced to sit alone at the socially-distanced funeral of Prince Philip, The Telegraph reports.

Eyewitnesses claim people at the party danced to music and went to the Co-op on the Strand ‘with a suitcase’ to stock up on wine.

These eyewitnesses claim that some partygoers ‘worried there was too much wine spilling on the basement carpet’, while one person broke a child’s swing allegedly belonging to the prime minister’s son Wilf.

At the time, the rest of the country was under instructions to not socialise indoors with anyone but their own households, and to only meet others outdoors in groups of six or two households.

This comes as Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to resign after admitting to attending a Downing Street garden party in the first national lockdown in May 2020.

The Prime Minister said he went into the garden just after 6pm on May 20th 2020 to thank staff but ‘believed implicitly that this was a work event’.

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He said: “With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside. I should have found some other way to thank them.

“I should have realised that even if it technically fell within the guidance, there would be millions who did not see it that way. I offer my heartfelt apologies.

“I know people up and down the country have made huge sacrifices and I understand the anger and rage they feel that people in Downing Street were not following those rules.

“I regret the way the event was handled and I wish we could have done things differently.”

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