Travel and adaptation administration today acquaint the UK faces a additional summer address off as ambiguity over aback restrictions will end squashes appeal for holidays and amusing venues.

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Millions of Britons accept already appointed trips advanced of the Prime Minister’s advertisement of the country’s plan for abatement restrictions on February 22 and Matt Hancock has advanced predicted a ‘Great British Summer’.

But several government abstracts are hinting coronavirus restrictions could aftermost able-bodied into summer – admitting fears it will spell the afterlife bell for businesses beyond the UK aback the furlough arrangement ends on April 30.

Mr Hancock adumbrated today boxy bound measures – Including ten-day beside at home for all travellers and auberge apprehension for 33 ‘red list’ countries – will charge to be in abode until vaccines accept been tweaked to accord with alternative strains in the Autumn.

It came afterwards Jonathan Van Tam said bygone the ‘more busy your affairs are for summer holidays, in agreement of bridge borders, in agreement of domiciliary mixing’ the greater the accident they will be cancelled.

Meanwhile SAGE able Abettor Sir Ian Boyd predicted amusing breach measures will be bare for a ‘long time to appear — conceivably several years.’

Matt Hancock (left) adumbrated today that boxy bound measures including apprehension hotels will charge to be in abode until vaccines accept been tweaked to accord with alternative strains in the Autumn. It came afterwards Jonathan Van Tam (right) said bygone the ‘more busy your affairs are for summer holidays, in agreement of bridge borders, in agreement of domiciliary mixing’ the greater the accident they will be cancelled

GDP confused by 2.6 per cent in November as the additional coronavirus lockdown formed the economy, official abstracts showed today. In this chart, 100 represents the admeasurement of the abridgement in 2018 

Paul Charles, CEO of biking consultancy abutting the PC Agency, said the government needs to arresting restrictions will be adulterated from the alpha of April so biking can recover.

He said ‘The government needs to arresting that these tougher restrictions will be adulterated from the alpha of April, enabling biking to balance again.

‘Otherwise, the huge bead in travellers and cardinal of flights will advance the breadth over a cliff-edge, with the consistent hundreds of bags of job losses and business failures.’

Travel:

Tough new apprehension rules appear today including arrivals accepting to booty three Covid tests are set to aftermost until Autumn.

But biking experts still achievement the vaccine aftereffect on hospitalisations will beggarly the rules can be eased and brief will be accessible afresh from May 1.

Weddings:

The Prime Abbot is set to advertise a lockdown avenue plan on February 22.

Weddings with baby numbers will be first.

But experts such as bells artist Holly Poulter accept appropriate that 2022 may be a bigger bet for bodies to get the dates they appetite and be able to allure added guests.

Pubs:

UKHospitality Arch Controlling Kate Nicholls said the industry hopes to reopen from the alpha of April.

But government sources accept already appropriate it could be May afore pubs re-open beneath the avenue plan.

Social events:

Some contest such as Wimbledon are acquisitive to go advanced in some adaptation this summer. But others, like Glastonbury, accept already cancelled.

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He added: ‘The angle may assume blurred appropriate now, as government tightens restrictions for those entering the UK.

‘But, aback infection and bloodshed ante are abundant lower and the NHS is not beneath accountability due to vaccines demography effect, afresh there is no acumen for such measures to be in place.’

The abandoned adaptation industry additionally has acute questions about aback barter can resume, calling on the government to accord a ‘strong signal’ Britain will be accessible in the summer.

UK adaptation arch controlling Kate Nicholls said: ‘We achievement that the government will accord a able arresting that Britain will be accessible this summer, so that businesses can activate to accomplish preparations.

We can’t downplay how austere this has been for our sector. Businesses are cogent us that alone one in bristles accept abundant banknote breeze to aftermost accomplished the end of this month.

‘We accept suffered over 600,000 job losses and we still accept added than one actor agents on furlough. Lots of businesses accept gone under, but abounding accept persevered adamantly throughout the crisis.

Meanwhile bells experts are advising bodies to adjourn their bridal until abutting year so they can accept the commemoration they appetite – chargeless of bound restrictions.

And the anniversary industry – which saw best contest alleged off or confused online aftermost year – is aggravating to acquisition agency to authority shows this year but has alleged for accuracy from the government.

Fresh abstracts additionally appearance chump aplomb is plummeting, with retail sales in January falling at their fastest clip aback May and alone 40 per cent of Britons adage they are assured in their job security.

Matthew Fell, CBI Arch UK Action Director, said: ‘Business understands the antecedence is to assure the bloom of the population, and supports measures to abate infections and accelerate the acknowledgment to a accustomed way of life.

‘Yet these new apprehension rules and testing requirements are a added admonition of aloof how arduous the bearings is for the all-embracing biking breadth appropriate now.

‘Further, actual abutment is now basic to assure companies and jobs in the aerodynamics breadth and its accumulation chains in the difficult months ahead.

‘The government should additionally be bright on a roadmap to able restrictions aback bloom abstracts permits.’

It comes as abstracts appearance Britain has angry the advance on the latest aiguille of the coronavirus as cases and deaths plummet.

The Administration of Bloom appear 12,364 added coronavirus cases and 1,052 deaths in the accomplished 24 hours as the winter beachcomber continues to compress because of lockdown. 

Both abstracts accept alone by added than a division compared to aftermost week, with today’s infections bottomward 26.6 per cent on aftermost week’s bulk and deaths by 27.4 per cent.

The cardinal of Covid patients in hospital has additionally collapsed by a fifth in a week, with about 27,000 beds now taken up by Covid sufferers. 

The DoH additionally appear accession 356,291 coronavirus jabs were administered yesterday, with 12.6million Brits accepting now accustomed their aboriginal dose.

With six canicule still to go, No10 is aural affecting ambit of carrying on its ambition of injecting the 15million best accessible by February 15.

But hopes the world-beating vaccine roll-out will beggarly lockdown curbs can be decidedly eased any time anon were attempt bottomward today by Mr Hancock, who apparent the latest apartment of bound curbs and warned they could aftermost until the Autumn aback booster vaccines will be available.

Conservative above abbot Mark Harper – allotment of the lockdown sceptic CRG accumulation of MPs – questioned aback the action adjoin the virus was action to end, acquainted if the virus keeps mutating there would accept to be lockdowns forever.

Huw Merriman, administrator of the Transport Select Committee, additionally alleged for a schedule, pointing to the appulse on the summer biking industry.

And Tory MP William Wragg asked whether the altitude for catastrophe lockdown accept changed.

He added: ‘The aboriginal purpose of lockdown was to accumulate hospitals from falling over and to abate hospitalisations.’

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Mr Charles, CEO of biking consultancy abutting the PC Agency, said he expects alike aback biking is accustomed countries will still block Britons afterwards a abrogating Covid test.

He told MailOnline: ‘The angle may assume blurred appropriate now, as government tightens restrictions for those entering the UK.

‘But, aback infection and bloodshed ante are abundant lower and the NHS is not beneath accountability due to vaccines demography effect, afresh there is no acumen for such measures to be in place.

‘So, I would still apprehend biking to brief Europe to be acceptable from 1st May advanced and that’s aback consumers should be booking for.’

But doubts are growing afterwards Mr Hancock today hinted new apprehension restrictions will breach in abode beneath vaccines can accord with new variants. 

Mr Charles continued: ‘Some countries will still no agnosticism assert on abrogating assay affidavit but biking should actual abundant accessible up further.

‘This will accredit bodies to appointment ancestors afresh and biking on business, as able-bodied as for holidays.’

He added: ‘The government needs to arresting that these tougher restrictions will be adulterated from the alpha of April, enabling biking to balance again.

‘Otherwise, the huge bead in travellers and cardinal of flights will advance the breadth over a cliff-edge, with the consistent hundreds of bags of job losses and business failures.’

Millions of Britons accept already appointed holidays (pictured, Barcelona aftermost year) advanced of the Prime Minister’s advertisement of the country’s plan for abatement restrictions on February 22 and Matt Hancock has advanced predicted a ‘Great British Summer’

Nicky Kelvin, from Points Guy UK biking experts, said bodies may appetite to try their luck and book a anniversary now due to bargain prices.

He said: ‘You ability appetite to save the accent of annoying whether you will be able to booty your cruise or not, but that doesn’t beggarly it’s a absolute no on authoritative approaching bookings.

‘One huge acumen to book now is to booty advantage of some of the absurd deals available. We may never see such abundant offers again.

‘However there are a cardinal of important things to consider. Aim to book abundant afterwards in the year (a animation cruise or alike aboriginal summer cruise ability be absurd to happen).

Planning to go ahead:

Wimbledon

Wimbledon has said it will still authority the championships but is assured it to accept to be with a reduced-capacity crowd.

A account said: ‘Our aspiration is to date the best Championships accessible – a trusted, best practice, safe accident – with the bloom and assurance of all guests, agents and competitors actual our accomplished priority.

‘With bristles months actual until the Championships, we are continuing to advance our abundant book planning and assignment anxiously with the accordant government and accessible bloom authorities to accumulate beside of the latest developments in the action adjoin coronavirus.

‘The majority of our planning focus is currently centred on the advantage of a reduced-capacity Championships and how that would affect anniversary stakeholder group, but we are not yet in a position to aphorism out any of the added scenarios.’

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival, which attracts throngs of bodies to the upmarket west London street, said there will be efforts to try to run Europe’s bigger artery affair ‘in some way’ this year.

Matthew Phillip, arch controlling of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, said amusing breach would be ‘devastating’ for the event.

Mr Phillip told MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which is adorable at the cultural and bread-and-butter appulse on the UK’s music festivals: ‘For Carnival weekend specifically, it would affectation a actual big problem.

‘It would be actual difficult to authority Carnival in its acceptable architecture on the streets with amusing breach in place. It would be adverse for a additional year in a row.’

Asked if it would beggarly abandoning of the August accident in west London, Mr Phillip said ‘yes’ – but added efforts would be fabricated to try and run it in some way.

He added: ‘It would not booty abode in its acceptable format. We would consistently achievement to do something.

‘Carnival agency too abundant to too abounding bodies for us to artlessly abstain it so we would consistently try to acquisition a way of adulatory Carnival for its ability and what it agency to the community.’

Chelsea Flower Show

Another accident beneath blackmail is the Chelsea Flower Show, with its commonly colourful delights of backward spring, set to about-face amber as it moves to the autumn months.

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For the aboriginal time in its 109-year history, the accident will booty abode afterwards in the year – acceptation the active displays of mid-May will be replaced by the added age-old tones of the fall.

The Aristocratic Horticultural Society (RHS) appear aftermost ages the show, in the breadth of the Aristocratic Hospital Chelsea, has been confused from May 18-23 to September 21-26.

Last year the accident had to be scrapped actually because of coronavirus, with a basic appearance staged online.

RHS administrator accepted Sue Biggs said: ‘In these arduous times, we accept consistently followed Government admonition and fabricated difficult, amenable decisions with the bloom and assurance of bodies our key concern.

‘Whilst we are sad to accept had to adjournment RHS Chelsea, and are apologetic for the disruption this will cause, we are aflame that we are still planning to accompany the world’s admired agronomical accident to the nation.’

Henley Aristocratic Regatta

The organiser of the Henley Aristocratic Regatta and Henley Anniversary in Oxfordshire said she is planning for the accepted five-day baiter antagonism accident at the end of June to be ‘near normal’ this year.

Jo Bausor said they are due to alter their adaptation on the accident at the end of February or alpha of March depending on government guidance.

She told the Henley Standard: ‘We actually will accept an accident this year, no bulk what. At the moment we’re still planning for a beside accustomed event, as abundant as we can.

‘This does depend on the regatta and what they adjudge to do. We’re alive actual anxiously with them and accept a actual acceptable and advantageous relationship.’

The accident usually attracts about 6,000 bodies but may accept to abate adaptation due to amusing distancing.

She added: ‘It wouldn’t be the abounding anniversary but it would accept all the artists and all the $.25 everybody knows and loves.’

Pride in London

Alison Camps, Co-Chair of Pride in London, said: ‘We’re acquainted there’s still a lot of ambiguity about how far accepted restrictions will accept been airy by the summer, which is why we’ll be allurement our communities for their thoughts about affairs they appetite to see from us in 2021. The best important affair for us is that all attendees feel safe and reassured.

‘Whatever Pride looks like this year, we’re bent to abide bringing our communities calm and accouterment a belvedere for all LGBT voices. We’ll be administration added admonition about our affairs for 2021 in due course.’

Cancelled:

Glastonbury

Glastonbury Anniversary will not booty abode for a additional year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers appear aftermost month.

The music festival’s co-organiser, Michael Eavis – who curates the agenda with his babe Emily, said he was ‘so sorry’ to accept to abolish the accident for the additional year in a row.

Most alive music events, including Glastonbury, were wiped out aftermost summer by the communicable and a contempo abstraction warned that afterwards accompaniment support, Britain’s £1.3billion alive music industry is branch for accession summer washout.

Emily had advanced teased there would be ‘a hell of a lot of surprises’ for the anniversary in 2021, cogent reporters aftermost year: ‘We’re rolling two festivals calm for 2021.

RideLondon

RideLondon event director Hugh Brasher said: ‘We apperceive it is actual black account that the contest planned for May cannot booty place, abnormally for charities.

‘However, I am abiding anybody understands why this adaptation has been fabricated and we attending advanced to affable participants and the able peloton to ride the streets of London in 2022.

‘We are currently alive with the Mayor’s appointment to bear a basic accident in the summer advised to affect as abounding bodies as accessible to aeon added often, and additionally to appoint some of the hundreds of bags of new or accomplished cyclists to accession money for the abounding charities whose assets has been so afflicted by Covid-19.’  

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‘Be abiding to ensure all bookings are actually refundable or adjustable and that you accept able insurance.

‘Finally, book with ATOL or ABTA adequate companies (for packages) breadth accordant and accomplish bookings on a acclaim agenda to ensure you a actually adequate in case the aggregation you accept appointed with goes bust.’

Matthew Fell, CBI Arch UK Action Director, said: ‘Business understands the antecedence is to assure the bloom of the population, and supports measures to abate infections and accelerate the acknowledgment to a accustomed way of life.

‘Yet these new apprehension rules and testing requirements are a added admonition of aloof how arduous the bearings is for the all-embracing biking breadth appropriate now.

‘Further, actual abutment is now basic to assure companies and jobs in the aerodynamics breadth and its accumulation chains in the difficult months ahead.

‘The government should additionally be bright on a roadmap to able restrictions aback bloom abstracts permits.

‘The UK’s world-class aerodynamics breadth – which underpins so abundant of our bread-and-butter action – charge be accurate so that it can comedy its abounding allotment in the country’s recovery.’

Meanwhile Mark Jit, a abettor of vaccine epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told Wired: ‘I don’t advanced accepting on a alike or alike a connected ambit train.’

And Clare Wenham, abettor assistant of all-around bloom action at London School of Economics, added: ‘I anticipate we will apparently be because UK holidays this summer again.’

She added: ‘I brainstorm it will be added agnate to aftermost summer rather than a accustomed summer.’

Despite lockdown, 2.8million bookings accept already been fabricated with TUI for afterwards in the year and the biking abettor accepted affairs to accomplish at 80 per cent capacity.

Average circadian bookings in January are up 70 per cent compared with December, although Tui said it expects a aiguille booking aeon is still on its way.

Holidaymakers are accepted to adjournment to see if Covid-19 anesthetic programmes are successful, arch to bookings for the summer – including amendments and agenda re-bookings, bottomward 44 per cent compared with summer 2019.

The aggregation added there will be ‘significant upside anticipated’ should restrictions lift in time for Easter.

A abettor said: ‘Our focus on the end-to-end commitment of safe holidays already resulted in the acknowledged fractional recommencement of operations during Summer 2020.

‘Destinations accept recognised this backbone of Tui’s, as the governments of Greece and the Balearics alleged Tui to apparatus pilot programmes in summer 2020 aimed at restarting tourism in their regions.

‘Our able chump abject and calibration gives us an advantage in agreement of casting acquaintance and distribution, accepting adorable agreement from suppliers, and in accepting greater acumen into chump behaviour.

‘In addition, affairs into a ambit of antecedent markets helps to alter our chump base, acceptation we are not codicillary on a distinct market.’

But England’s abettor arch medical administrator put a spanner in the works bygone by admonishing -to-be holidaymakers not to book busy vacations.

Professor Van-Tam said he could not accord a able acknowledgment on holidays abroad from the UK as the abstracts was not available.

Speaking at the No 10 account briefing, he said: ‘The added busy your affairs are for summer holidays, in agreement of bridge borders, in agreement of domiciliary mixing, accustomed breadth we are now, I anticipate we aloof accept to say the added you are dispatch into authoritative guesses about the unknown.

‘I can’t accord bodies a able acknowledgment at this point because we don’t yet accept the data. It’s aloof too early.’

Currently Britons are not accustomed to leave the country unless they accept a accurately acceptable reason.

Work trips are allowed, so you will accept to appearance some affidavit that your flight or sea bridge is basic for your employment.

But there are a ambit of added affidavit for ‘essential travel’, such as medical care, to escape harm, compassionate visits – for archetype a burial – and weddings.

Meanwhile airlines abhorrence any abridgement of apartment beneath the apprehension hotels arrangement could force them to leave travellers ashore abroad.

It is accepted ministers are because abacus a breadth to commuter locator forms, which all charge ample out afore departure.

It could ask them if they accept appointed into a apprehension auberge in the UK. But it is cryptic if carriers will accept to bar travellers who acknowledgment no, abrogation them stranded.

Mr Hancock appear today accession travellers put in apprehension hotels in England will be answerable £1,750 for their stay.

Passengers face fines of up to £10,000 for declining to apprehension and those who lie on their commuter locator forms face up to 10 years in jail.

The Cabinet abbot said the measures appear will charge to be replaced to accredit ‘safe and chargeless all-embracing travel’ in the future.

He told the Commons that 16 hotels accept been apprenticed to accommodate 4,600 apartment for the auberge apprehension programme which begins on Monday.

UK nationals or association abiding to England from 33 ‘red list’ countries will be appropriate to absorb 10 canicule in a Government-designated hotel.

Anyone who attempts to burrow that they accept been in one of those destinations in the 10 canicule afore accession faces a bastille book of up to 10 years, Mr Hancock said.

He additionally accepted the new ‘enhanced testing’ administration for all all-embracing travellers, with two tests appropriate during the apprehension action from Monday.

Mr Hancock told the Commons: ‘People who affront these rules are putting us all at risk.

‘Passenger carriers will accept a assignment in law to accomplish abiding that cartage accept active up for these new arrange afore they travel, and will be fined if they don’t, and we will be putting in abode boxy fines for bodies who don’t comply.

‘This includes a £1,000 amends for any all-embracing accession who fails to booty a binding test, a £2,000 amends for any all-embracing accession who fails to booty the additional binding test, as able-bodied as automatically extending their apprehension aeon to 14 days, and a £5,000 anchored amends apprehension – ascent to £10,000 – for arrivals who abort to apprehension in a appointed hotel.’

He added: ‘I accomplish no affliction for the backbone of these measures, because we’re ambidextrous with one of the arch threats to our accessible bloom that we’ve faced as a nation.’

Asked aback the new rules will be relaxed, Mr Hancock replied: ‘We appetite to avenue from this into a arrangement of safe all-embracing biking as anon as accessible and as anon as is safe.’

He said assignment is advancing to appraise the accepted vaccines adjoin variants of the virus, adding: ‘If that isn’t accessible afresh we will charge to hook with a added booster jab in the autumn, which we’re alive with the vaccine industry.

‘These are the uncertainties aural which we are operating and hence, for now, my acumen is the amalgamation we’ve appear today is the appropriate one.’

It comes afterwards it was accepted aftermost anniversary that UK nationals abiding from 33 ‘red list’ countries would be appropriate to apprehension in anxiously monitored Government-designated hotels, breadth they would accept to booty two tests – although no affairs accept yet been active with adaptation providers.

Tory above abbot Mr Harper told the Commons today: ‘When is this action action to end, if ever? Because if the virus continues to mutate, actually the accident is action to be there consistently and so aback can it be removed?’

Mr Hancock responded: ‘The accident of mutations actually can and will be managed through the change of vaccines in the way that the anniversary flu jab changes anniversary year and allows us to assure ourselves.

‘Of advance these measures, whilst all-important now, are not measures that can be in abode permanently. We charge to alter them over time with a arrangement of safe and chargeless all-embracing travel. That’s breadth we charge to get to.

‘The aboriginal assignment is to hook the population. If we get acceptable account on the anesthetic appulse on hospitalisations and deaths from bodies who accept new mutations, afresh we will be in a bigger place. If we do not get such acceptable news, afresh we will charge to use the acclimatized vaccines to assure adjoin the variants of concerns.

‘The scientists acquaint and admonish me that there are afresh apart about the apple mutations of the aforementioned blazon in the E484K breadth of the virus, as mentioned by (Jonathan Ashworth). Now that gives the scientists a acceptable alpha in breadth to ambition the new acclimatized vaccine.’

The Banking Times appear ministers were said to be abutting to signing up a alternation of hotels beside Heathrow, and were optimistic of accordant deals with others about Manchester, Gatwick, Birmingham and London Burghal airports.

The added testing accountability – with the bulk accepted to abatement on travellers – has added to apropos in the biking industry.

Derek Jones, arch controlling of affluence biking aggregation Kuoni, accustomed the plan to assay accession travellers but alleged for it to accompany with an abatement of binding self-isolation requirements.

He said: ‘A able-bodied testing administration is the way to accessible up biking afresh but it has to alter or at atomic abbreviate quarantine. That’s the way to get biking affective again.’

But SAGE able Abettor Sir Ian has predicted amusing breach measures will be bare for a ‘long time to appear — conceivably several years.’

The communicable ache able at the St Andrews University, said the actualization of potentially jab-resistant strains agency the UK could be ashore in a arrangement of ‘control and absolution for a connected time to come’.

Evidence suggests the Oxford University vaccine – the basic weapon in Britain’s armory to action the virus –  does not stop bodies falling ill with the South African variant, which is feared to be overextension in the association already. But No10’s top accurate admiral accept it still protects adjoin astringent affliction and death.

Professor Sir Ian and several added arresting SAGE associates warned reopening the abeyance too aboriginal could accident acceptance new, appropriately apropos variants to spawn.

Mutations about appear as bacilli advance but best changes never change the way it looks or behaves.

Very aerial manual gives the virus added befalling to acclimate and, therefore, drives up the accident that one of the alterations could change the advance of the disease.

Professor Sir Ian told The Times: ‘It stands to acumen that the added bodies there are in the citizenry with infections — the prevalence — the added virus that is replicating and the added adventitious there is of alike awful doubtful mutations happening.’

He warned alike if Britain gets on top of the South African strain, there will be added apropos ones bottomward the line.

He added: ‘My suspicion is that we will acquaintance a damped cadence of control-release for a connected time to appear — conceivably several years.’

Pubs

The blackmail of connected lockdown has additionally spurred fears pubs may not be accessible until backward in the year.

UKHospitality Arch Controlling Kate Nicholls said the industry hopes to reopen from the alpha of April but addendum there are caveats with this.

She said: ‘The accelerated roll-out of the vaccine gives us acceptable acumen to be absolute that we are on the alley aback to normality.

‘We are hopeful that we can activate to see a bit-by-bit reopening of adaptation from the alpha of April.

‘Obviously, this is acceptable to be heavily abased on bloom metrics, such as the cardinal of vaccinations and new cases, continuing their absolute trends.’

She added: ‘We will apperceive added about what is action to be accessible on 22 February, but we are assured that bodies can activate to attending at contest and holidays this summer.

‘We achievement that the government will accord a able arresting that Britain will be accessible this summer, so that businesses can activate to accomplish preparations. We charge bethink that reopening afterwards a shut-down like this takes a lot of time, accomplishment and money.’

It is not yet bright aback they will reopen, but the Prime Abbot is due to bare his long-awaited alley map ‘to unlock’ Britain on February 22.

UKHospitality Arch Controlling Kate Nicholls said the industry hopes to reopen from the alpha of April but addendum there are caveats with this. Pictured: Borough Bazaar in September

Ministers are accepted to accept a ‘tentative’ admission – with some sources claiming a ‘booze ban’ on pubs amidst April and May was actuality advised to stop amusing breach slipping.

But a arch Government antecedent told MailOnline an booze ban in pubs was not on the cards.

They said: ‘We are not action to accessible pubs that can’t advertise booze. What would be the point of that?’

Labour’s adumbration abbot for business and consumers, Lucy Powell, declared the advancement as ‘ridiculous’.

She told BBC Breakfast: ‘They (businesses) charge to apperceive the bread-and-butter abutment that will sit alongside the accessible bloom measures. At the moment they bend absolutely considerably.

‘And we charge to accomplish abiding for businesses that that avenue map to reopening allows businesses to accessible in a applicable way.

‘So we can’t accept antic things that we’ve apparent speculated about with pubs adage they can reopen but afterwards confined alcohol, for example.’

Other measures actuality floated accommodate axing the 10pm alarm – which has been accustomed the ambitious according to some reports, forth with an end to the affirmation for drinkers to adjustment a ‘substantial meal’ with alcohol.

England could additionally challenge Scotland’s calm booze ban – breadth pubs are able to serve booze but alone in alfresco areas – that was in aftereffect during its November lockdown, and acquiesce actionable cafes to reopen while befitting pubs closed.

One abstraction is for pubs to be acceptable to advertise takeaway pints from April afore actually reopening in May, the Sun reported.

The PM additionally tasked admiral with ‘simplifying’ the rules for pubs, paving the way for the 10pm alarm to be ditched forth with the affirmation to adjustment a ‘substantial meal’ with food.

A Government antecedent said: ‘As the communicable has afflicted in the accomplished year we accept consistently approved to acclimate the rules to accomplish them added able and easier to understand. As we attending to anxiously unlock, we will seek to do the aforementioned again.’

Another antecedent added: ‘There is a achievement to not get bogged bottomward in ‘scotch egg-gate’ again, by finer simplifying the rules to abstain confusion.’

Limiting calm bond is accepted to be axial to the Government’s action and venues will be encouraged to advance al adorn dining. 

Landlords are atrocious to acceptable aback barter afterwards months shuttered during the crisis.

Pubs accept had to bandy abroad up to 87million pints of beer aback the alpha of the pandemic, an industry anatomy claimed.

The British Beer and Pub Association said the decay was according to £331million in sales, and warned of job losses afterwards added Government support.

Weddings

Meanwhile experts accept advised admonition for weddings for the summer, with some suggesting apathetic them.

The Guides for Brides website suggests apathetic your bells this year, abnormally if you do not appetite to get affiliated beneath bound restrictions.

It warns those adorable to get anchored in the aboriginal few months of 2021 ‘are acceptable adverse the absoluteness that it will not be the day you accept dreamed of’. 

But the website said bodies should assay all their options afore they adjudge to abolish the event.

It adds: ‘Many are additionally allotment to move their beyond celebrations until they are safe to go ahead.

‘This way they can appropriately bless their alliance with their added accompany and family. This admission is accepted as a aftereffect wedding.’

The UK Weddings Taskforce, which is negotiating with the government over ceremonies this year, alleged for accuracy from ministers on aback they can resume.

A newsletter from the anatomy said a bright roadmap for the resumption of weddings was bare from Downing Street.

It is also lobbying the government to accommodate a banking abutment amalgamation for bells businesses to admonition the industry survive the pandemic.

Wedding artist Holly Poulter additionally accurate the abstraction of affective a 2021 bells to 2022.

She told Hello: ‘It’s a absolutely claimed adaptation since, for many, cat-and-mouse accession two years to tie the bond is aloof too far off. But for those in no rush, it’s account considering.

‘Pushing it all aback to 2022 will accessible up added availability for your suppliers, your guests, and you get to absorb all of 2021 chilling, because you’ll be the best able brace ever.’

Many venues are allurement their barter to pay added to move date, sometimes due to the new date actuality added accepted – for example, summer and weekend dates.

Henrietta Dunkley, accessory adviser at Ellis Jones Solicitors, said: ‘The area may able-bodied be demography this admission because at the moment it is hoped that weddings will be able to booty abode in September 2021.

‘This is based on the Prime Minister’s contempo comments to the bells industry that couples should ”plan with confidence” because we should be in ”different world” by summer 2021.

‘The coronavirus communicable has not yet afflicted weddings in September 2021 and so the area are advantaged to amusement your arrangement with them as such.

‘It is about accustomed for bells venues to admission their prices hardly anniversary year, but they cannot aloof backpack up prices unreasonably.’

Experts accept advised admonition for weddings for the summer, with some suggesting apathetic them. Pictured: A bells in Northumberland aftermost year

She added it is account blockage the arrangement in abode with the area to actuate whether there is a acknowledged alms to admission the bulk of a bells in assertive circumstances.

Whether the new bulk is absurd will acceptable depend on the agreement of the arrangement and how abundant the aboriginal bulk has added by.

Adam French, chump able at Which?, added: ‘You shouldn’t accept to pay added if the rescheduled bells is a commensurable date and service.

‘If you can’t accede on a new date, they are advantaged to a acquittance accouterment the bells can’t go advanced as initially planned, according to the Competition and Markets Authority’s guidance.’

The CMA has set up a taskforce to investigate adverse appraisement practices during the communicable and has created a anatomy that consumers can complete if they feel a business has advised them unfairly.

It comes as chump spending in the retail breadth slid in January as the latest civic lockdown formed shops beyond the UK, according to new figures.

The BRC-KPMG retail sales adviser for the ages showed a slump in absolute sales, while a abstracted address from Barclaycard has appear the sharpest abatement in chump spending aback May.

Prices are aerial for staycation locations as affluent Britons attending to banknote in on the best cruise at home money can buy.

One that ability aloof bolt their eye is a two-week breach for a ancestors of four – at a bald £600,000.

Among the enviable holidays on action is a bout of Scotland on lath the beside accountant affluence alternation the Belmond Aristocratic Scotsman, which comprises nine en apartment carriages and a spa.

The tour, offered by biking abutting Abercrombie & Kent, includes excursions such as seats in the aristocratic box at the Aristocratic Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August (if it goes ahead); the adventitious to ‘brush amateur with the Queen’ at the Braemar Gathering (again, if it is held) and VIP admission to golf courses graced by celebrities, including Carnoustie and St Andrews’ Old Course.

The bout is followed by seven canicule on the Glamis Castle estate, home of the backward Queen Mother and the ambience for Macbeth.

The breach comes with a programme of country pursuits, a tennis affair with Sir Andy Murray and mini-versions of West End shows, performed by aboriginal casting members. The bulk is ‘from £600,000’ for a ancestors of four.

Meanwhile, the Oetker Collection markets a ambit of ‘the best aces clandestine homes and castles’, with hosts such as James Middleton, brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, who works at the Glen Affric acreage in Inverness-shire. Oetker can put you and your affair of up to 20 in all-embracing affluence at Glen Affric for £35,000 a week. Activities accommodate kayaking, cutting and a ceilidh.

Mr Middleton, 33, is billed as ‘a absorbing host who will contentment in allowance you accomplish the best of these bewitched destinations’.

But bodies with cogent sums to absorb on such vacations will accept to book anon to abstain disappointment – some firms are admonishing that availability for some bespoke affluence holidays is ‘very tight’.

 

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The British Retail Consortium (BRC) appear that absolute retail sales fell by 1.3 per cent in January as accelerated online advance bootless to absolutely account the attempt in abundance sales.

Over the three months to January, sales of non-food items in aliment dived by 36.5 per cent as retailers were heavily impacted by the January lockdown.

Total non-food sales were 5.6 per cent lower for the aeon as online accouterment and homeware sales alone partially account closures.

Meanwhile, aliment sales jumped by 7.9 per cent for the three-month aeon as grocery aliment remained accessible to shoppers.

Helen Dickinson, arch controlling of the BRC, said: ‘January saw retail sales advance abatement to its everyman akin aback May of aftermost year.

‘The accepted lockdown has hit non-essential retailers harder than in November, with the new alternative arrest chump aplomb and arch barter to authority aback on spending – abnormally on accouterment and footwear.

‘Meanwhile, retailers accept formed abundantly adamantine to aggrandize their online commitment and bang and aggregate offerings to ensure anybody can get the articles they charge during lockdown.

‘This has led to almanac advance for online non-food sales and is a attestation to the animation and addition of retail, which in the face of the pandemic, has rapidly acclimatized and invested in online platforms and commitment logistics.’

Paul Martin, UK arch of retail at KPMG, said: ‘Computing was the hot class and saw amateur bulk advance online as schools bankrupt and parents rushed to acquirement laptops and printers.

‘Meanwhile, accouterment retailers connected to attempt with concrete sales bottomward beyond all categories.’

A abstracted address by Barclaycard appear that chump spending angled by 16.3 per cent in January, apery the sharpest abatement aback May in the face of the latest lockdown.

The assay of acclaim and debit agenda spending showed that shoppers spent almost-a-quarter beneath on non-essential items adjoin the aforementioned aeon aftermost year amidst abundance closures.

Not-essential spending in January fell by 24.2 per cent, with administration abundance retailers witnessing a 36.8 per cent sales slump while accouterment sales were 25 per cent lower.

Meanwhile, the address said that sales of basic items grew 3.9 per cent as aerial appeal for home deliveries sparked a 126.8 per cent billow in online grocery spending.

Shoppers spent decidedly beneath booking holidays in January, with a 87.2 per cent abatement in biking abettor sales with airlines advertisement an 81.6 per cent abatement amidst biking restrictions.

Raheel Ahmed, arch of chump articles at Barclaycard, said: ‘As the appulse of the latest lockdown alpha to booty its toll, we’ve apparent accurate sectors struggle, as concrete bounds beyond the UK were affected to close.

‘Last month’s blink of achievement for the biking breadth additionally seems to accept adjourned as tougher bound controls saw bookings drop.

‘Yet, on a added absolute note, we accept apparent a billow in abounding online categories as the appeal for home deliveries continues to rise.’

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Another industry to accept been age-old by the communicable is that of contest and festivals.

A bind of accepted contest accept already been annulled this year – such as Glastonbury – and others are borderline of how or if they will go ahead.

For alive shows such as festivals and sports, crowds comedy a ample allotment – accidental to the atmosphere and bringing in banknote for companies.

There are affairs in motion by abounding organisations to accumulate their gatherings action in some anatomy this year no bulk the restrictions on movement.

Wimbledon has said it will still authority the championships but is assured it to accept to be with a reduced-capacity crowd.

A account said: ‘Our aspiration is to date the best Championships accessible – a trusted, best practice, safe accident – with the bloom and assurance of all guests, agents and competitors actual our accomplished priority.

‘With bristles months actual until the Championships, we are continuing to advance our abundant book planning and assignment anxiously with the accordant government and accessible bloom authorities to accumulate beside of the latest developments in the action adjoin coronavirus.

‘The majority of our planning focus is currently centred on the advantage of a reduced-capacity Championships and how that would affect anniversary stakeholder group, but we are not yet in a position to aphorism out any of the added scenarios.’

Another industry to accept been age-old by the communicable is that of contest and festivals. Pictured: The Edinburgh Fringe Anniversary in 2012

Meanwhile Notting Hill Carnival, which attracts throngs of bodies to the upmarket west London street, said there will be efforts to try to run Europe’s bigger artery affair ‘in some way’ this year.

Matthew Phillip, arch controlling of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, said amusing breach would be ‘devastating’ for the event.

Mr Phillip told MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which is adorable at the cultural and bread-and-butter appulse on the UK’s music festivals: ‘For Carnival weekend specifically, it would affectation a actual big problem.

‘It would be actual difficult to authority Carnival in its acceptable architecture on the streets with amusing breach in place. It would be adverse for a additional year in a row.’

Asked if it would beggarly abandoning of the August accident in west London, Mr Phillip said ‘yes’ – but added efforts would be fabricated to try and run it in some way.

He added: ‘It would not booty abode in its acceptable format. We would consistently achievement to do something.

‘Carnival agency too abundant to too abounding bodies for us to artlessly abstain it so we would consistently try to acquisition a way of adulatory Carnival for its ability and what it agency to the community.’

Another accident beneath blackmail is the Chelsea Flower Show, with its commonly colourful delights of backward spring, set to about-face amber as it moves to the autumn months.

For the aboriginal time in its 109-year history, the accident will booty abode afterwards in the year – acceptation the active displays of mid-May will be replaced by the added age-old tones of the fall.

The Aristocratic Horticultural Society (RHS) appear aftermost ages the show, in the breadth of the Aristocratic Hospital Chelsea, has been confused from May 18-23 to September 21-26.

Last year the accident had to be scrapped actually because of coronavirus, with a basic appearance staged online.

RHS administrator accepted Sue Biggs said: ‘In these arduous times, we accept consistently followed Government admonition and fabricated difficult, amenable decisions with the bloom and assurance of bodies our key concern.

‘Whilst we are sad to accept had to adjournment RHS Chelsea, and are apologetic for the disruption this will cause, we are aflame that we are still planning to accompany the world’s admired agronomical accident to the nation.’

And the organiser of the Henley Aristocratic Regatta and Henley Anniversary in Oxfordshire said she is planning for the accepted five-day baiter antagonism accident at the end of June to be ‘near normal’ this year.

Jo Bausor said they are due to alter their adaptation on the accident at the end of February or alpha of March depending on government guidance.

She told the Henley Standard: ‘We actually will accept an accident this year, no bulk what. At the moment we’re still planning for a beside accustomed event, as abundant as we can.

‘This does depend on the regatta and what they adjudge to do. We’re alive actual anxiously with them and accept a actual acceptable and advantageous relationship.’

The accident usually attracts about 6,000 bodies but may accept to abate adaptation due to amusing distancing.

She added: ‘It wouldn’t be the abounding anniversary but it would accept all the artists and all the $.25 everybody knows and loves.’

Industry assembly say a anniversary division is ‘still possible’ this year admitting the abandoning of Glastonbury due to Covid.

The arch controlling of the Association of Independent Festivals, Paul Reed, said the UK’s bigger anniversary was a ‘different beast’ and its abandoning did not beggarly added abate contest could not go ahead.

But he said there is alone achievement for abate contest if the Government ensures organisers of music contest can admission allowance to assure adjoin losses as a aftereffect of Covid.

Last month, Glastonbury organisers appear the 2021 anniversary was annulled because of the pandemic.

The music festival’s co-organiser, Michael Eavis – who curates the agenda with his babe Emily – said he was ‘so sorry’ to accept to abolish the accident for the additional year in a row.

Most alive music events, including Glastonbury, were wiped out aftermost summer by the pandemic. 

A contempo abstraction warned afterwards accompaniment support, Britain’s £1.3billion alive music industry is branch for accession summer washout.

But Mr Reed believed with the appropriate admonition from ministers, abate festivals could still go ahead.  

Speaking to BBC Breakfast he said: ‘I will say about Glastonbury that it is a altered barbarian to best festivals and best acceptable ran out of time due to the admeasurement and complication of the event.

‘For best festivals the absolute point is added acceptable the end of March.’

He said we are at a ‘serious point in the communicable and festivals alone appetite to acknowledgment aback it is safe to do so’. 

‘This is adverse account about Glastonbury, not atomic for the bulk of agents and freelancers and companies complex in carrying the event, but a anniversary division is still accessible for this year if Government act now on insurance.’

He added festivals are currently disturbing to get allowance for coronavirus-related cancellations.

‘We do charge Government to arbitrate in this issue,’ he said.

Edinburgh’s festivals face a agnate threat, according to administration who warned it is not a ‘foregone conclusion’ contest will animation back.

Director of awning anatomy Festivals Edinburgh, Julia Amour, said companies which accept done ‘well out of the pandemic’ should footfall in to admonition Edinburgh absorb its arch ability claim.

Edinburgh’s festivals accept accomplished huge advance in avant-garde times, alluring a almanac 4.4 actor all-embracing appearance in 2019 and breeding added than £300m.

Edinburgh’s festivals accept accomplished huge advance in avant-garde times, alluring a almanac 4.4 actor all-embracing appearance in 2019 and breeding added than £300million

But ancestry groups appetite a absolute amend on how they are staged in the approaching to abate their appulse on the bolt of the burghal and cut their carbon footprint.

Ms Amour said new allotment would charge to be begin if growing criticism about their appulse on the burghal was to be tackled.

She said there was an ‘economic conundrum’ over how to ensure added bodies active in Edinburgh were able to appear the festivals as able-bodied as advance contest out added about the burghal and beyond the calendar.

Speaking at an online appointment hosted by the Cockburn Association ancestry group, Ms Amour said: ‘We charge accomplish abiding our festivals abide to feel absolutely of our city.

‘But we are additionally an all-embracing burghal and a basic city. That ambit of what the festivals accompany to our burghal is article we charge to attending anxiously at this actual perilous moment.

‘It is not a foregone cessation that Edinburgh will be able to adhere on to what we best amount about our festivals.

‘We’re appreciative as festivals to be acutely all-embracing in spirit, but aboriginal and foremost we appetite to accord to the city.

‘We should not lose afterimage of the actuality that two thirds of bodies in the burghal do booty allotment and do see the festivals as acceptance to them.

‘Yet, at the aforementioned time, one third of the citizenry don’t admission them.

‘There is an bread-and-butter brain-teaser at the moment and if we are to get what we want, we will accept to break that conundrum.

‘People are demography their own risks and putting their own money up to appear here.

‘People ask why they are so concentrated in the burghal centre and why they are on at the aforementioned time in the year.

‘It’s because it is a big industry accident as able-bodied as a big admirers event. Bodies charge to be there aback programmers from added festivals are there.

‘That’s one of the benefits. But at the aforementioned time it makes it actual brittle and actual difficult.’

A Government abettor said: ‘We are in approved chat with accessible bloom experts to accede a astute acknowledgment date for festivals and added ample events.

‘Once we are assured we accept this, we will be alive with organisers to alleviate the barriers they face to restarting – including challenges accepting insurance.

‘Yesterday’s adaptation by the anniversary organisers reflects the sad actuality that the accessible bloom angle did not accomplish it acceptable 200,000 bodies could be calm afterwards amusing breach measures in aloof a few months’ time.

‘We are continuing to admonition festivals with the £1.5 billion Ability Accretion Fund, with abounding already accepting this support.’

Mr Hancock bygone claimed Britain is ‘turning a corner in our action adjoin coronavirus’ as circadian deaths plunged to a six-week low and cases connected to fall.

Department of Bloom abstracts appearance accession 333 Covid victims were recorded yesterday, the everyman 24-hour assessment aback December 27 and a bead of 18 per cent on the 406 aftermost Monday.

Another 14,104 infections were additionally added to the official tally. The circadian bulk has alone by a division week-on-week, with yesterday’s cardinal lower than at any time aback December 8.

Analysis shows infection ante are lower than at any time aback before Christmas in all four nations of the UK. 

Despite absolute the additional beachcomber was shrinking, the Bloom Secretary warned the cardinal of adulterated patients in hospital and circadian deaths were both still ‘far too high’.

Almost 30,000 NHS hospital beds are currently taken up by Covid patients — 50 per cent college than the affliction canicule of the aboriginal beachcomber aftermost animation but bottomward from 40,000 at the aiguille of the additional beachcomber in January.

Praising the success of lockdown in tonight’s Downing Artery columnist conference, he said: ‘We are axis a bend in our action adjoin coronavirus, the vaccine rollout is action well, and if you are age-old 70 or over and haven’t been contacted yet amuse get in blow now.

‘And all the time we charge be acute and do what it takes to accouterment any new variants that arise. For now, the best important affair that you can do is get the jab aback the time comes, breach at home, assure the NHS and save lives.’

While the big account shows infections are falling in best genitalia of the country, the abatement is apathetic and absolute tests were still ascent in 17 areas in the anniversary catastrophe February 3.

One of those areas was Rutland in the Midlands, breadth new infections added than angled from 180 per 100,000 bodies to 386. 

And in accession blink of achievement that Britain could be freed from lockdown restrictions aural weeks, accession 278,988 bodies got their aboriginal dosage of a vaccine yesterday.

Despite actuality one of the slowest canicule of the rollout so far, it agency 12.3million Britons accept now been immunised.

It comes afterwards Boris Johnson bygone banned to aphorism out best restrictions if the mutated ache – which Oxford University said could aggravate how able-bodied its vaccine works – can’t be kept beneath ascendancy in Britain. An alarming abstraction begin the British-made jab had ‘minimal effect’ in preventing balmy ache acquired by the strain.

Mr Hancock additionally said bygone all over-70s in England who haven’t yet had a Covid vaccine should book their own online.

He claimed take-up of the vaccines has so far been ‘significantly bigger than we hoped for’ but said No10 would do aggregate it could to ensure anybody gets jabbed.

As England’s civic lockdown enters its additional ages and the virus continues to fade, an assay by the Columnist Association shows that infection ante in all four countries of the UK are now at pre-Christmas lows.

In England, the boilerplate infection amount was at 222 absolute tests per 100,000 bodies for the anniversary catastrophe February 3, which was the everyman aback 221 per 100,000 in the anniversary to December 13.

Wales saw its amount bead to 122, lower than at any time aback afore November and a atom of the 649 per 100,000 it saw at December’s peak.

In Scotland the amount alone to 123 per 100,000, bottomward from 144 a anniversary beforehand and everyman aback December 20, aback it was 121.

Northern Ireland’s infection amount fell to 178 per 100,000 which was its everyman absolute assay amount aback 177 in the anniversary up to December 15.

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