Pubs, weddings and the two-metre rule: PM sets out lockdown changes

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers are among the services allowed to reopen in England from July 4 under new lockdown changes confirmed by Boris Johnson today.

The Prime Minister told MPs in the Commons: “After the toughest restrictions of peacetime history we are now able to make life easier for people to see more of their friends and families and to help business get back on their feet.”

Here is what is changing in England from July 4:

- The two-metre social distancing rule will be relaxed to “one-metre plus” where it is not possible to maintain two metres. People will be advised to take other precautions such as wearing face coverings.

- Two households of any size will be able to meet in any setting (indoors and outdoors) and stay overnight. These two households do not have to be exclusive to each other.

- The guidance on multiple households meeting remains that up to six people can meet outdoors.

- Restaurants and pubs will be able to offer table service indoors, with minimal staff and customer contact advised. Hospitality providers will be asked to obtain contact details from customers to aide with contact tracing.

- Hairdressers will reopen with the use of protective visors.

- Hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites can welcome customers, provided groups are made up of no more than two households.

- Outdoor gyms, playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks, arcades, libraries, social clubs and community centres can also reopen.

- Recreation and sport will be allowed but indoor facilities with remain closed.

- Places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services including weddings, with a maximum of 30 people, subject to social distancing.

Close contact facilities such as nightclubs, soft play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, spas, bowling alleys and water parks must remain closed.

Mr Johnson warned that local flare ups will occur and insisted that the government would not hesitate to reintroduce restrictions if required.

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