Drinkers will be able to order at the bar in pubs and sit at tables of more than six from July 19 as ministers prepare to repeal restrictions on nightlife.
Customers will no longer have to register on the NHS Test and Trace app on arrival, although venues may ask customers to do so anyway.
The legal requirement for pubs to offer table service or ordering via app will end, allowing Britons to queue at the bar for a pint or glass of wine for the first time in months.
Pubs and restaurants are expected to be asked to fill out Covid risk assessments, which may involve extra sanitation or one-way systems, but they will no longer be a legal requirement.
Masks will not be compulsory indoors, and fans can stand and cheer while watching sport, or sing karaoke, without breaching regulations.
The legal requirement for pubs to offer table service or ordering via app will end, allowing Britons to queue at the bar for a pint or glass of wine for the first time in months
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Under step four of the roadmap, the Government will also permit nightclubs to open for the first time in more than a year.
Venues are expected to be given new guidance to make sure dancefloors are well-ventilated and surfaces are cleaned regularly but there will be no onus on revellers to follow legal rules.
The end of restrictions on the number of people who can sit together in pubs will be a boon to the industry, which has struggled to break even with capacity limits. Currently, no more than six people can sit together at a table indoors and no more than 30 can gather outside.
Ministers have already repealed curfew rules and a short-lived regulation that required drinkers to order a "substantial meal" with an alcoholic drink.
It is likely that drinkers will be encouraged to continue to check in on the NHS App when they arrive at a venue in order to help the Test and Trace service track the spread of the virus.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman told reporters: "The guidance will be that it is a good thing to do to support Test and Trace and contact tracing. But as more people are allowed into venues without booking, it becomes more challenging operationally so the regulation will be lifted.
"The regulations on things like table service go, all capacity limits would be lifted after that, and in addition to that, the gathering limits for the rule of six indoors and 30 outdoors would be lifted. The remaining businesses that are closed in law will be able to reopen, including nightclubs."
The Covid lockdown rules that will end from July 19