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COVID-19: Zoos, pools, theme parks and restaurants on the menu as England’s restrictions ease

Written by on 13 April 2021

It’s the day millions have been waiting for as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased in England.

Here in pictures, is what people have been getting up to as shops, pubs and a host of other activities are suddenly open again.

People react while on a ride as Thorpe Park reopens following easing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in London, Britain April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Matthew Childs Image: It was snowing in parts of Surrey on Monday, but that didn’t stop people getting wet on Thorpe Park’s log flume Joe Foyster managed to combine two of things people have been missing at a pop-up hairdressing station at The Gregorian pub in Bermondsey, London. Barber Michael Douglas makes sure there's a good head on it Image: Joe Foyster managed to combine two of the things people have been missing at a pop-up hairdressing station at The Gregorian pub in Bermondsey, southeast London. Barber Michael Douglas makes sure Joe has a good head, too People stand outside a shop on Oxford street, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London, Britain April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls Image: There were queues outside many shops, such as this one in London’s Oxford Street Louise Boothby (L) and Chloe Travis have their hair washed at a salon in Knutsford, Cheshire Image: Louise Boothby (left) and Chloe Travis have their hair washed at a salon in Knutsford, Cheshire Pippa Ingram, 51, and Sue Bell, 55, were two of the first customers at the UK's biggest pub, the Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate, Kent. Sipping her pint, Ms Ingram said: 'Absolutely delicious' Image: Pippa Ingram and Sue Bell were two of the first customers at the UK’s biggest pub, the Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate, Kent. Sipping her pint, Ms Ingram said: ‘Absolutely delicious’ Gyms are open again, with spin classes, such as this one, available Image: Gyms are open again, with spin classes such as this one, available Chester Zoo is sold out but has lost £11.5m since the pandemic began. Among the highlights are a baby giraffe born just weeks ago and a new black rhino  Image: Chester Zoo was sold out on Monday but has lost £11.5m since the pandemic began. Among the highlights are a baby giraffe born just weeks ago and a new black rhino New friends are being made at Legoland, in Berkshire Image: New friends are being made at Legoland in Berkshire Rebecca Richardson and Genevieve Florence (pictured) are among the members of the Aquabatix synchronised swimming team who hit the pool at Clissold Leisure Centre in north London Image: Rebecca Richardson and Genevieve Florence, of the Aquabatix synchronised swimming team, hit the pool at Clissold Leisure Centre in north London One customer at a restaurant in Liverpool even brought along his puppy for the big day Image: One customer at a restaurant in Liverpool even brought along his puppy for the big day Chris Nicklin (L), owner of Nxtep personal training, had to train clients in a nearby car park but his gym has now reopened, with Barry Sanderson benefitting Image: Chris Nicklin (left), owner of Nxtep personal training, had to train clients in a nearby car park but his gym has now reopened, with Barry Sanderson benefitting Gary Gearing (left) and Lee Cooper enjoy their breakfast and a pint at the Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate, Kent Image: Gary Gearing (left) and Lee Cooper enjoy their breakfast and a pint at the Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate, Kent A large queue outside Primark in Norwich Image: Waiting to get in to Primark in Norwich Sisters Jacquline, Janet and Linda together at a pub in Stockton-on-Tees for the first time since before Christmas. 'We hope people follow the rules so we can keep meeting up like this,' they said Image: Sisters Jacquline, Janet and Linda together at a pub in Stockton-on-Tees for the first time since before Christmas. ‘We hope people follow the rules so we can keep meeting up like this,’ one said The always-popular penguins at London Zoo have an audience again Image: The penguins at London Zoo have an audience again Liquid lunches - and breakfasts were popular Image: Liquid lunches – and breakfasts – were popular People enjoying Alton Towers in Staffordshire Image: People enjoying Alton Towers in Staffordshire Boris Johnson Image: Boris Johnson’s new haircut on display at Prime Minister’s Questions Cheers! Image: Cheers!

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