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Lockdown change will let people use toilet at friends' houses and pub beer gardens

Mirror logo Mirror 3 days ago Lizzy Buchan

People will be able to nip into a friend's house to use their toilet if they are meeting up in their garden under the latest lockdown rules.

From March 29, groups of up to six people or two households can meet up outside, including in private gardens.

Downing Street confirmed that visitors will be allowed to walk through someone's house to get to their garden for a picnic or a drink.

And you will be allowed to go into the house to use their bathroom.

Asked to clarify the rules, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "Yes, people can move through a private household to get to a garden if they need to."

a group of people sitting in the grass: The first stage of lockdown easing allows more socialising outside © Getty Images The first stage of lockdown easing allows more socialising outside

Pressed on whether you can use the bathroom, the spokesman said: "Yes, as I say, the same as the situation last year."

The spokesman also clarified that people can go inside pubs to use their bathrooms when beer gardens reopen.

Boris Johnson unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, which gradually lifts the strict restrictions on daily life imposed during the pandemic.

The four-step plan begins with the reopening of schools on March 8, with wider use of testing and face masks in secondaries.

People will also be allowed to socialise in a park or outdoor public space with a friend or family member from a different household.

From March 29, groups of up to six people or two households allowed to gather in parks and private gardens.

The stay-at-home order is also due to be lifted on this date.

The next phase - known as Step 2 - will allow non-essential retail, beer gardens and leisure facilities such as swimming pools to reopen.

Holidays in self contained accommodation can also take place in this stage, which is expected to come after April 12.

Limits on outdoor socialising will ease in Step 3, which is due after May 17.

In this phase, pubs will be able to reopen indoors and groups of up to six people or two households will be able to meet inside.

The final phase - Step 4 - will reopen the last sectors, such as nightclubs, and remove all limits on social contact after June 21.

Mr Johnson said he was "very optimistic" that all of England's coronavirus restrictions could be lifted on June 21 but he warned that "nothing can be guaranteed".

"I'm hopeful but obviously nothing can be guaranteed and it all depends on the way we continue to be prudent and continue to follow the guidance in each stage," he told reporters during a visit to Sedgehill Academy, in Lewisham, south-east London.

"Genuinely, because of the immense possibilities of the rollout, because science has given us this way of creating a shield around our population, we can really look at that June 21 date with some optimism.

"I'm very optimistic that we'll be able to get there."

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