PUBS across England reopen today after closing when Boris Johnson ordered the UK into lockdown.
But the Prime Minister has pleaded with Brits to be 'sensible' and stick to the rules, despite the relaxing of lockdown measures.
Meanwhile, quarantine rules have been dropped for Brits arriving in England from more than 50 countries.
Holidaymakers will no longer need to worry about a 14-day quarantine upon their return from July 10.
Travellers will be able to go on holiday to destinations such as Spain, France and Italy without the need to self isolate when they are back in the UK.
On Friday, the coronavirus death toll in the UK rose to 44,131 after 137 more deaths in Britain and Northern Ireland.
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HOLLYWOOD BOWL BOSS 'DROPPED HIS SANDWICH' IN SATURDAY SHOCK
The head of one of the UK's largest bowling companies has said he dropped his sandwich when he heard the Prime Minister announce that his business would be one of the few not allowed to reopen this Saturday.
Bowling alleys, casinos and gyms will keep their doors shut even as pubs, gaming arcades and restaurants are allowed to welcome customers back after more than three months of lockdown.
The announcement came as a shock to Steve Burns, the boss of Hollywood Bowl, which runs 61 sites across the country, who was sat at his computer when he heard the news.
The company had already made 1,000 bookings for today, believing alleys could reopen.
“I dropped my sandwich on to my keyboard when he said bowling alleys (would not open),” Mr Burns told the PA news agency.
“That was genuinely the first time we heard of it, it was a complete shock to the system.”
ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR FRONTLINE HEROES
A nationwide round of applause is set to take place on Sunday evening to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.
People will also be encouraged to observe a minute's silence and light a candle on Saturday in remembrance of people who have died during the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to take part, with Downing Street to be lit-up blue on Saturday night as a candle is lit at the PM's official residence at 9pm.
Mr Johnson has urged the public to clap for “those who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help the nation get through this pandemic”.
Buildings including the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, the Shard and the Wembley Arch will also be lit up in blue in tribute to the NHS.
MEDICS FEAR 'PUBAGEDDON'
We're anticipating a lot of news from pubs around the country today.
Boozers were allowed to open at 6am – and emergency services fear hospitals will end up flooded with drunk Brits.
NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens said: “Our A&E doctors, nurses and paramedics are desperate not to see so-called 'pubageddon' – with hospitals flooded with the drunk and disorderly.”
Here's the full story.
IT'S SUPER SATURDAY – SO WHAT ARE THE RULES?
Whether you're heading out for a pint or a perm today, here are some of the things you'll need to know:
- The change in rules only applies in England (so far)
- From today, people can meet in groups of up to 30 people, indoors and outdoors
- The existing law that only people from two households can meet indoors no longer applies – but the Government has urged the public to continue to follow accompanying guidance of meetings of up to six people outdoors or two households indoors
- Venues still closed include clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, beauty salons and tattoo parlours
- The Health Secretary can now order the closure of any public outdoor place – like parks or open country – without needing to write it into law if there is a “serious and imminent threat to public health”
- Brits can still be fined if they flout new lockdown laws
HAIR WE GO
It's Super Saturday – and we'll be bringing you all the news throughout the day.
Brits who haven't had a haircut for 100 days rushed to salons at MIDNIGHT for a trim as businesses reopened.
Hairdressers across the country were allowed to welcome their first customers since March in the early hours of this morning.
Here's the story.
GOVERNMENT WILL URGE COMMUTERS TO GET BACK ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Commuterrs are to be urged back on to public transport.
Ministers are preparing to tone down warnings over the use of trains and buses amid criticism from operators and backbench MPs that too many services are running empty.
Over the past three months commuters have been told to use them only when essential.
Now train operators are preparing to run services close to pre-Covid levels on some lines.
The Rail Delivery Group will launch a ten-point “safer travel pledge” including hand sanitiser points at 300 stations.
25K BAR TAB FOR NHS WORKERS
Hero NHS workers will be able to dip into a £25,000 bar tab for a at pubs in London this weekend.
Bar owners Inception Group have spread the tab across each of the sites.
NO KARAOKE OR DANCEFLOORS IN PUBS
Pub landlords have been told they won't be allowed to hold karaoke nights or let customers dance under strict new rules to stop the transmission of coronavirus.
It's the end of embarrassing renditions of hit songs for a while as pubs re-adjust to the “new normal” and owners have to prevent patrons taking part in “communal dancing” and live performances.
WHAT ARE THE NEW RULES AT PUBS WHEN THEY REOPEN TOMORROW?
COVID PATIENTS WHO TOOK TRUMP-BACKED DRUG ‘50% LESS LIKELY TO DIE’
Coronavirus patients who took the drug hydroxychloroquine – which has been backed by Donald Trump – were “significantly” more likely to survive, a study found.
The findings were hailed as “fantastic news’ by the Trump campaign, after President Trump had promoted the drug earning criticism from Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden.
ENTIRE TOWNS & CITIES COULD BE TESTED UNDER NEW RULES
Entire towns and cities could be tested under new measures as lockdown is eased.
Ministers are considering the move after chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned a second wave was a “real possibility”.
The city of Leicester has already had lockdown extended by two weeks after a worrying spike of infections in the region.
Local lockdowns are a real possibility, the PM has warned as measures ease.
He added another national lockdown was “the response of last resort”.
BRITS SET TO SINK 15 MILLION PINTS
Experts have predicted Brits will sink 15 MILLION pints as pubs reopen this weekend.
They think 23,000 pubs will reopen under metre-plus social distancing rules.
Some had hoped to open doors when the latest lockdown-easing measures began at midnight.
But to prevent all-night parties No10 said punters could only be served from 6am.
Gregg Grundy, landlord of The Egremont in Worthing, West Sussex, said: “It’s rise and shine for the return of pubs. The first sip is going to be a cracker.
“I’ll be raring to go from 6am and can’t wait to serve ice-cold pints to my loyal customers in a new dawn for the industry.”
COUPLE WHO SET UP HAND SANITISER COMPANY BECOME MILLIONAIRES IN 12 WEEKS
A couple who set up a business making hand sanitiser just 12 weeks ago are set to make £30 million.
Husband and wife team Andrew, 47, and Rachel Montague, 48, founded their company in March just as the pandemic hit and most of the world went into lockdown.
The pair said they wanted to ensure sanitiser could be sold at an 'ethical price', after seeing people selling 500ml bottles for £30.
BOUNCERS AT QUARANTINE HOTELS ‘SLEPT WITH GUESTS’
Security guards at coronavirus quarantine hotels slept with infected guests in the run-up to a second wave of coronavirus infections, it's been claimed.
More than 300,000 people living in Northwest Melbourne, in Australia, were placed in lockdown yesterday following a fresh outbreak – which is being linked to the security guards' behaviour.
‘CORONAVIRUS WON’T STOP UNTIL MOST OF WORLD INFECTED’
Coronavirus is impossible to stop until most of the world has been infected, an expert has warned.
The number of people infected globally passed ten million this week, with deaths now at a staggering half a million.
Professor Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases doctor and microbiologist at the Australian National University, said only a tiny fraction of the world’s total population has been infected by COVID-19.
Prof Collignon believes the potential for the virus to spread is huge and doesn't think it is slowing down in the summer in the northern hemisphere.
“Normally you would expect these viruses to spread more in winter, but we’ve seen that they can spread readily in summer as well,” he told news.com.au.
“What it shows unfortunately is that this virus is not going anywhere soon.
“The reality is that this is going to keep on spreading until we have most of the world infected, which is not a good idea, or we get a safe and effective vaccine.”
WHAT IS ENGLAND'S CURRENT R RATE?
LIFE IN RUSSIA WON'T RETURN TO NORMAL UNTIL FEBRUARY
Russia's health minister has said that life in Russia is unlikely to return to normal until next February at the earliest.
Although many restrictions have already been eased, thousands of new cases are still being reported every day and the death toll approaches 10,000.
International flights have been banned until August.
PORTUGAL'S PM WELCOMES BRITS
Portugal’s prime minister told Brits over twitter they are “welcome to spend a safe holiday in Algarve”, alongside a graph of coronavirus cases in the region.
Portugal has said it is “absurd” that the UK is maintaining a quarantine regime for its citizens.
The Portuguese foreign minister Augusto Santos Silva said: “We hope that this decision, which seems to us profoundly unfair and wrong, from the British authorities is corrected as soon as possible.
“It is a sad moment in bilateral relations … because countries that are friends treat each other differently.”
FRENCH MINISTERS UNDER INVESTIGATION OVER VIRUS CRISIS
A French court has ordered an investigation of three current or former government ministers over their handling of the coronavirus crisis.
COID-19 patients, doctors, prison personnel, police officers and others in France filed an unprecedented 90 complaints in the Court of Justice of the Republic over recent months, notably over shortages of masks and other equipment.
The court is investigating cases targeting former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who resigned hours before the court's announcement, Health Minister Olivier Veran or the former health minister, Agnes Buzyn.
They are accused of “failing to fight a disaster,” and could face up to two years in prison and fines, if tried and convicted.
NICOLA STURGEON BLASTS ‘SHAMBOLIC AIR BRIDGES’
Nicola Sturgeon has blasted Boris Johnson's “shambolic” air bridge plans in a furious press conference.
The Scottish First Minister today tore into the UK Government, and accused them of leaving Scotland in the dark.
She said: “The UK Government has announced a list of countries that it intends to remove from quarantine restrictions.
“I explained yesterday why it has been really quite challenging for Scotland to come to a position on the UK’s proposals with any great speed.
“Often we have had limited or no notice of the UK’s proposals, and that matters.
“Just to illustrate the point about the shifting sands of the UK government position – the list of countries that they were yesterday demanding we sign up to and suggesting we were a barrier to getting agreement on, is not the same as the list they have shared with us today.
“We cannot allow ourselves to be dragged along by another Government's shambolic decision-making process”.
SUPER SATURDAY WASHOUT
Super Saturday will unfortunately also be a rainy one.
Pubs and bars across most of the UK are set to reopen this weekend after months of lockdown.
Unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain is expected to batter the country over the weekend as many Brits rethink plans of flocking to newly opened pub beer gardens.
MARTIN LEWIS SPARKS FEARS HE’S GOT VIRUS
Money expert Martin Lewis has sparked fears he’s contracted coronavirus after falling ill on live TV.
The 48-year-old star tweeted fans that he wasn't feeling well before going live for The Martin Lewis Money Show at 8.30pm, alongside Angelica Bell.
Speaking to Angelica at the start of the show, the money-saving expert was in high spirits as he joked: “I'm a little bit under the weather, a bit nauseous, but I've got make up on to cover the green!”
Martin tweeted prior to that: “The problem with having your own live TV show, is when you're feeling under the weather as I am right now (nauseous and weak) show must go on.
“Let's hope Dr. Showbiz helps. At least I'm doing it from home so I can go to bed straight afterwards.”
One of his followers wrote: “It's not the virus I hope.”
R RATE BACK UP
The coronavirus R rate has crept back up in England.
Last week, England's R rate stood at 0.7 to 0.9. But new data, published today by the Government, shows that has risen slightly to 0.8 to 0.9.
KATE GARRAWAY ASKED MYLES STEPHENSON TO BE KIDS ‘BIG BROTHER’ AS SHE FIGHTS FOR VIRUS-STRICKEN HUSBAND
Kate Garraway's kids are being looked after by their “big brother” Myles Stephenson as she fights for her sick husband Derek to get better.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Myles revealed the 53-year-old has leaned on him throughout her family's ordeal after they formed a close bond on I'm A Celebrity.
“It breaks my heart,” said Myles, who spoke to Kate and the kids, 14-year-old Darcey and Billy, ten, just yesterday.
“I have such a close relationship with them all – including Derek.
“Kate knows I am there for her at the drop of a dime – for her and the kids – anything she needs.
“She has taken me up on the offer a few times, but I don't really want to say what she's asked of. It's just about looking out for the kids and being a big brother to them.
“It's been very hard. All we can do is pray for Derek and pray for Kate and the kids as well.”
BRITS WHO HAVE TO STOP AT NON-APPROVED COUNTRIES WILL STILL HAVE TO ISOLATE
Brits who find themselves having to stop at airports that are in non-air bridge approved countries will still have to quarantine for 14 days upon their return – even if holidaying in ‘safe’ countries.
For instance, anyone transferring flights in the US, Portugal or Sweden must self isolate for two weeks on their return – even if they don't leave the airport.
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