The people of Hull "can't wait" to get back to beer gardens when restrictions ease on Monday.

From April 12, the next milestone in Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown will see the long-awaited reopening of outdoor hospitality, non-essential shops, gyms and hairdressers in England.

The restrictions mean that local favourites will open their beer gardens, including The Queen's Hotel, The Lion and Key, Larkins and The Piper. For a full list of those reopening click here.

Non-essential shops will also open their doors while hairdressers have their appointment books at the ready for an influx of long-awaited custom.

The step towards normality comes as the successful vaccine rollout continues and death and infection rates plummet across the country.

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But how do the people of Hull feel about the easing of restrictions?

'People do not appreciate the freedom that is coming'

Doina, originally from Romania but currently a nurse at Hull Royal Infirmary, says that she has witnessed the cruel reality of the virus - stating that her past year has simply been "just Covid".

She said: “My country is completely locked down. The rules [in England] are a bit relaxed but it is up to us what will happen at the end of the day.

"The shops should be open to be honest – if people respect the rules everything will be fine. We can protect each other. So far, I won’t be going back to pubs.

“The last year has been just Covid. Just a simple mask is not everything – someone working outside of the hospital won’t know exactly what is the reality. People do not appreciate the freedom that is coming."

Hull Royal Infirmary

'There is no social distancing in the supermarket and then they tell me I can’t go and sit in a pub'

One Tesco employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said that she felt safer in her local pub than she does going into work everyday.

She said: “I think it’s fantastic, I am looking forward to being in a pub. I work at Tesco so I've worked through it all. When you see how many people come shopping in Tesco and how many people cram down an aisle and then they say you can’t go in a pub – I think it is ridiculous.

"It’s a social thing, when you’ve been working a lot you want to go to the cinema with your friends or have a pint or go for a meal – it’s not about going out and getting tanked up.

"I just want to go out, I want to go to the cinema, I want to go bowling, I want to go swimming, I want to take my grandkids out."

Doug Oliver

'My plan for next week is to find an open pub'

Ex-pub landlord Doug Oliver reckons there's a good chance he will be in a beer garden come Monday, but thinks the pandemic has "culled" many hospitality venues.

“It’s a pretty good bet I’ll be at a pub on Monday," he said.

"I spent most of my life running them and there were too many pubs so in a way the cull hasn’t been too bad - if it brings the better ones out then there’s no loss. I do think they should come down hard on anyone who is misbehaving."

'For a year we haven’t ate much have we '

Mobile hairdresser Jacqueline Shepardson has lost two loved ones over the duration of the pandemic.

But she says she is "fed up" and ready to get back to normal.

Jacqueline said: "It will be nice to get back to normality – I’m fed up – but we have just been walking around the town and saying how many shops are not reopening.

Jacqueline Shepardson

“I don’t think we can do with another lockdown,. Not financially or anything. He’s not going to furlough us for much longer and to be fair that only covers your bills - so for a year we haven’t ate much have we?

"I have lost two over the lockdown and you can’t have funerals – it’s horrible really," Jacqueline added.

'It’s been a long time coming'

For Chantelle Richardson and Mark Bateman, the reopening of pubs couldn't have come soon enough.

Chantelle said: "We are looking forward to pubs opening, we are booked in next Friday to sit outside in the Fruit Market. It’s been a long time coming.

"I agree with what he’s doing, we’ve got the numbers down and everything but I am definitely looking forward to everything opening back up and getting back to normality and getting to see people’s faces.

Chantelle Richardson and Mark Bateman

“I work at a college so obviously there is loads of kids there and we have to walk around in masks and that‘s the age I feel the most for, 16, 17, because they need to be social and need to spend time with their friends, talking to people, dating and that kind of thing and that’s all been stopped. I have two girls aged 17 and 18 and they have really struggled with it."

'We will probably give Humber Street a miss'

A group of young people enjoying a takeaway in Trinity Square say they will stay away from crowded beer gardens.

Mitchell Capes said: "I am a bit of a pessimist, I think a lot of people will go proper gung ho and go absolutely 'last day of Rome' sort of thing. There’s a lot of steam to blow off."

Holly Barnell added: "We have lost someone from Covid, so being able to see family members who didn’t get to go to the funeral and who didn’t get to have those catch ups, a lot of people will be doing that because a lot has happened in the last four months. People will want to see each other and start hugging."

"Seeing people hug family members and stuff like that - I can’t really blame them," Mitchell added.

"In terms of shops it always seemed really safe anyway. Clothes shop like TK Maxx are all safer than Asda Kingswood," Holly said.

"It boggled my mind that you could go to the supermarket who seemed to have drawn back on their system, no queuing or anything. Whereas you're not allowed in a little independent shop that only lets three people in at once.

Mitchell went on: “Asda Kingswood is like a mosh pit – it’s mental.

'I can't wait'

Also enjoying lunch in the sun, Sam Cork and Nathan Berry think the restrictions will benefit local businesses.

"Honestly I can’t wait - if people are going to be sensible about it," Sam said..

Sam Cork

"I am less concerned about the massive chains and stuff, but for the local businesses, It’s been a hard year.

"I have got plenty people that own businesses and have really struggled. Just to see people getting out and about again and spending a bit of money, it can only be good really."

"We can’t have everything back all at once like we did last time as we shot ourselves in the foot," added Nathan.

"I’m less bothered about going out because of the fact that you have to plan a night out more so then ever before, you have got to book everywhere. I am more looking forward to everything going back to normal when you can ask someone if they fancy a drink on a whim instead of planning a week ahead."

Nathan Berry

'We have gone through a lot of hard work for it to go back again'

The Vall family will not be rushing back to pubs when their beer gardens open on Monday, with Wayne warning: "You know yourself after you have had a couple of drinks you are everybody's friend aren't you."

“I think it’s too early for mixing with alcohol," he said.

"I won’t be going back. I just think if they are going to open it now, we have gone through a lot of hard work for it to go back again."

Erica Preston, Tina Vall, Nevill Vall and Wayne Vall.

Tina Vall was on the same page, saying that she won't even return to hairdressers just yet.

“I am not honestly bothered about hairdressers until its really safe, its too dangerous I think," she said.

"I think we have gotten used to it as well, we have all gotten into the habit of staying in.

However Erica Preston can't wait to return. She said: “I have worked through all of it and the pub will be my bit of normality."