A woman walks past a closed pub in Truro, Cornwall in southwest England on April 7, 2021, during lockdown restrictions due to Covid-19. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that non-essential retail, gyms, hairdressers and outdoor hospitality will reopen in England from April 12, as criteria for moving forward with a second phase of easing coronavirus restrictions in England had been met.(JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) Following the UK’s massive vaccine rollout, non-essential retail such as clothes shops, and hospitality including restaurants and pubs, reopen their doors across England on Monday — and the government wants to make sure they stay open. But mirroring the reaction in other countries with large-scale vaccinations, many British businesses are unhappy at the possibility of passport restrictions. Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said that “while Covid status certification may play an important role in certain activities, such as international travel, our members are clear that it would not be appropriate or useful in a retail setting”. In a statement sent to AFP on Thursday, she noted that “ad hoc purchases from customers… would be badly affected by the additional barriers to trade. “Instead, we believe that continuing to follow the… Read full this story
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