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Finally, something to look forward to! Lockdown review sees family reunions AND holidays from June

It is believed friends and family from two households will be allowed to meet from next week.

It’s been a devastating few months learning to live with COVID-19 and we’re not out of the woods yet, though there does seem to be a little light at the end of the tunnel.

As markets and non-essential retail shops are set to reopen and primary schools will reinstate classes on June 1, airlines are looking at when they can resume business too.

As part of the plans to gradually ease lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that socially distanced gatherings of up to six people will be allowed in gardens and outdoor spaces in England from Monday 1 June.

Those from different households must stay two metres apart from each other, in line with social distancing rules.

While pubs remain closed for the foreseeable future even if socialising resumes, we might be able to go further afield as international travel will kickstart in just a fortnight.

EasyJet will be open for business from June 15, with flights resumed from 22 European airports including London Gatwick, Birmingham, and Glasgow.

The only international route from the UK will be between Gatwick and Nice, France.

The airline will introduce new measures to help ensure safety, including enhanced cleaning, essential face masks for passengers and crew, and no food to be sold onboard.

Meanwhile, Ryanair plans to restore 40% of its flights from July 1 and Brits will be able to fly to countries such as Berlin, Prague, and Malta.

Again, passengers and crew will be required to wear face masks and pass temperature checks before being allowed to travel.

Following in their footsteps is British Airways, who also plan the return of service in July.

However, if you’re a frequent flyer hoping to travel-hop around the world, bosses have warned that the airline does not expect to return to full capacity until 2023.

If you can’t wait that long, take a peek at what TUI is offering.

They are hopeful to resume trips on June 12, albeit while being “continuously reviewed”.

And if you’re deciding where to go, then Greece or Bulgaria might just be for you.

Greece is now welcoming tourists and has lifted many of its rules on the population, while Bulgaria is opening restaurants, bars and cafés at full capacity from Monday.

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