Full list of businesses allowed to open as new lockdown rules begin on Monday

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The excitement is building as the country sits on the cusp of many key lockdown restrictions being lifted.

The current lockdown officially began on Tuesday, January 5, but the truth is that many people have not been able to socialise for much longer.

For many, the Christmas meet-ups they were desperately looking forward to never happened as the Kent Covid variant swept through parts of the country.

Therefore Monday, March 29, for many will be the first time they can sit down with a group of friends or family members for some food, drink and a face-to-face chat, reports the Mirror.

What are the new lockdown rules from Monday?

As well as the "Rule of Six" returning a number of businesses and places will also be permitted to open.

It all forms part of the government's four-step strategy, and Monday will see step one, part two come into action.

Step one, part one, began on March 8 when children returned to school and people were allowed to meet one person from another household outside,

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From Monday, businesses with outdoor sports facilities will be allowed to reopen, meaning tennis, basketball and even archery are all back on the cards.

Outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and golf courses are some of the most popular businesses that will open on Monday.

Water sports venues, riding centres, climbing walls and driving and shooting ranges will also be able to reopen outside.

What is not reopening in the new lockdown rules from Monday?

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Indoor sports centres, including gyms, will not be allowed to welcome customers back until April 12, while exercise classes inside are banned until mid-May.

Non-essential shops are expected to finally reopen from April 12, alongside hairdressers and barbers.

Pubs will also be able to serve punters outdoors from this date.

All restrictions will finally be lifted from June 21, with nightclubs planning huge two-day parties to celebrate the event.

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Fabric in London is planning a 12-hour party on June 25, followed by a 30-hour bash on June 26.

Meanwhile fellow London nightclub The Cause has organised a separate two-day bonanza on June 25.

Labour MP Jeff Smith, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night-Time Economy, told The Mirror: “It’s great to see our top nightclubs planning to bounce back with a bang as soon as they can do so safely.

"Clearly there is a huge amount of demand, with people from all walks of life excited to let their hair down after such a difficult year.

“This is a good example of the vital role nightlife businesses will play in the UK’s recovery from Covid – not only economically, but in terms of helping people connect with friends, celebrate milestones, feel normal and enjoy themselves again.”

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