Boris Johnson confirmed this evening that pubs and restaurants are free to open fully from next Monday.
The prime minister said that all of the government’s criteria had been met to enable the hospitality sector to welcome guests indoors again.
Although many sites have been serving customers outdoors since 12 April, the vast majority have had to wait until they could trade indoors.
Thousands of operators now face the prospect of opening their premises for the first time since December.
In his Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson said the efforts of the public have “visibly paid off” and the four tests for easing the lockdown have been met.
“This unlocking amounts to a very considerable step on the road back to normality and I am confident that we will be able to go further,” he said.