Lockdown to be relaxed in England as 2m rule eased


Pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England, when social distancing rules will be eased.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people should remain 2m apart where possible but a “one metre plus” rule will be introduced.

Two households in England will also be able to meet indoors and stay overnight – with social distancing.

Mr Johnson said the “national hibernation” was beginning to end, and “life is returning to our streets” but warned the virus was still not defeated and vigilance was required.

He said: “Our principle is to trust the British public to use their common sense in the full knowledge of the risks, remembering the more we open up, the more vigilant we need to be.”

The venues listed as being able to reopen include:

Pubs, bars and restaurants but only with a table service indoors, and owners will be asked to keep contact details of customers to help with contact tracing

Hotels, holiday apartments, campsites and caravan parks but shared facilities must be cleaned properly

Theatres and music halls but they will not be allowed to hold live performances

In other changes weddings will be allowed to have 30 attendees, and places of worship will be allowed to hold services but singing will be banned

Hair salons and barbers will be able to reopen but must put protective measures, such as visors, in place

Libraries, community centres and bingo halls

Cinemas, museums and galleries

Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks, amusement arcades, skating rinks and model villages

Indoor attractions where animals are exhibited, such as at zoos, aquariums, farms, safari parks and wildlife centres

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