Britain hits top vaccination target when pubs, shops and salons reopen

Britain hits top vaccination target when pubs, shops and salons reopen


The UK said late Monday it had achieved a goal of offering all over 50s a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by mid-June as England’s population, who are tired, is seeing a significant easing of restrictions with pints and much-needed haircuts bumped.

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The UK said late Monday it had achieved a goal of offering all over 50s a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by mid-June as England’s population, who are tired, is seeing a significant easing of restrictions with pints and much-needed haircuts bumped.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK had passed “another very important milestone” after it was confirmed that all over-50s, the clinically vulnerable and health and welfare workers would be released before a self-imposed deadline of A stitch had been offered for 15 years.

“That means more than 32 million people have received the valuable protective vaccines against Covid 19,” he said in a statement. Efforts would now focus on giving second doses and offering a first shot to all adults by August.

The UK leader had previously described the recent rule repeal as “an important step forward on our road to freedom” after allowing pubs to reopen to serve outside drinkers and restarting non-essential retailers and hairdressers.

Some pubs, many of which were closed due to large pieces from last year, wasted no time and opened on time at midnight, while others opened on time for breakfast.

“I work the night shift in the hospital,” said Richard Newman, a 32-year-old doctor with the Royal London Hospital, as he and friends waited outside the Half Moon Pub in east London at 9:00 am (7:00 am GMT).

“Hopefully the lockdown is over, but who knows? What does that mean? Hopefully a nice summer. It should be fun and bring some life back to London.”

In coats and hats, customers sat chatting and laughing at outdoor tables, ordering beer, wine, and a full English breakfast of eggs, bacon, and sausages.

“We’ve never been able to go out, party, or get away together in the past few months,” said 28-year-old Laura Bennett.

“I have a lot of fun.”

Zoos, gyms and swimmers

On London’s Oxford Street, shoppers brave the chilly temperatures to queue at 5:30 a.m., two hours before the first non-essential stores like the fast-fashion chain Primark opened.

Hairdressers were also able to open their stores, and the demand for much-needed embellishments was high for more than three months after the last stay-home order began.

In east London, Adam Yours was waiting outside Jimmy Slicks’ hairdresser, desperate to lose his long hair.

“The first thing on the list is a haircut so you can go to the pub and look respectable,” said the 22-year-old.

Johnson had his unruly blond hair cut, his spokesman told reporters.

When the sports and recreational facilities in England reopened, people plunged into pools and lifted weights.

Families flocked to see lions and elephants at Chester Zoo in north-west England and thrill-seeking rides at Thorpe Park theme park south-west of London.

Self-catering domestic vacations are also allowed and bookings have increased.

In the meantime, mosques are preparing for the start of Ramadan this week, a year after the Muslim holy month began without traditional community gatherings.

Keyword: caution

The UK nations all have different strategies for getting out of the lockdown and the pubs reopening on Monday only took place in England, while unnecessary shops reopened in Wales as well.

Government ministers, scientists and health officials warn against complacency, despite the successful vaccination campaign, which is seen as the primary method of preventing more serious cases of Covid-19 that require hospital treatment.

In London, authorities are stepping up testing in the southern Wandsworth and Lambeth districts after at least 44 confirmed cases of the highly communicable South African variant of Covid were discovered.

Although the UK recorded only 3,568 new infections on Monday, there have been more than 4.3 million cases and over 127,000 deaths since the pandemic began – one of the worst consequences in the world.

The economy was also devastated by a year of repeated forced closings and restrictions, which prompted consideration of new measures to ensure businesses stay open going forward.

One option is so-called “vaccination passports”, but these have sparked a debate about whether they are effective or enforced – and have implications for civil liberties.

There is also increasing pressure for a decision to resume non-essential international travel, with many eager to book foreign vacations.

Johnson has announced that the reopening schedule will be driven by data, not data, but has set the next expected easing for May 17th.

Almost all remaining social restrictions are due to be lifted on June 21st.

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