England, Wales and Scotland have started the next phase of their reopening on Monday May 17, allowing indoor dining and cinemas and theater to welcome back customers and friends and families to hug each other again.
Mushtaq Tappewale, the director of Republic, an Indian restaurant in west London, says he's relieved he can finally open the door of his venue to customers.
His 40-seat restaurant was meant to reopen in December, but that's when the UK went into its second lockdown.
Tappewale wasn't able to put his nine staff on furlough, as he had a new business and didn't meet the criteria. Fortunately take-away orders during lockdown enabled him to keep paying his staff - and rent.
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