Pubs, hairdressers, churches, outdoor gyms, hotels and restaurants in England will be able to open from July 4 as Boris Johnson slashed the 2 metre social distancing rule.
Where it’s not possible for people to stay two metres apart, people will be asked to distance by “one metre plus” – using mitigation measures such face coverings or plastic screens at shop tills.
Mr Johnson said “caution will still be our watchword” and that every change to lockdown rules would be “conditional and reversable.”
And all venues – from pubs to places of worship – will be expected to keep a record of people who visit, to enable contact tracing, reports The Mirror.
But landlords won’t be expected to police what household customers belong to.
Guidance for pubs will be published later today.
It’s expected they will be encouraged to have table service, to avoid multiple customers congregating at the bar and touching surfaces.
Pubs will be allowed to serve customers both indoors and outdoors.
Indoors, gatherings will be limited to people from two households.
Outdoors, including in pub beer gardens and al-fresco dining, people will be allowed to gather in numbers up to six, from six different households.
And two households of any size – for example, two families of four – will now also be allowed to meet outdoors, as long as they maintain social distancing.
So you can either meet five friends from different households, or an unlimited number of friends from one household.
As Mr Johnson announced the reopening of restaurants and pubs, one MP in the Commons shouted: “Hallelujah!”
Along with them, art galleries and museums will be able to open their doors for the first time in three months – but will be expected to introduce measures such as strict booking slots, one-way systems and improved ventilation.
Theatres and concert halls will be allowed to open – but won’t be allowed to put on live performances, because officials fear the act of singing could spread the virus.
They’ll be allowed to open in order to host screenings of past performances.
Nightclubs, bowling alleys and skating rinks will stay closed for now – as will tattoo studios and soft-play centres.
Hotels, B&Bs and holiday apartments will be allowed to open, alongside campsites and caravan parks – opening up the domestic holiday industry in time for part of the summer season.
But youth hostels – which often have shared dorm-style bedrooms where people from different households could stay – won’t be allowed to reopen for the time being.
Hair salons and barbers will be allowed to open, but nail bars and beauty salons will have to stay shut.
Outdoor playgrounds and gyms will be allowed to open for the first time since March – but indoor facilities, including indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks and indoor fitness and dance studios will remain closed for the time being.
Government sources said gyms remain shut because there is a “far greater risk of infection” due to people breathing harder and touching surfaces.
Can reopen from July 4 in England
- Holiday apartments or homes
- Cottages or bungalows
- Caravan parks
- Boarding houses
- Places of worship
- Community centres
- Workplace canteens
- Bingo halls
- Theatres and concert halls – but on the basis it’s not a live performance. They can screen past performances.
- Museums and galleries
- Hair salons and barbers
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Outdoor gyms
- Theme parks
- Adventure parks and activities
- Amusement arcades
- Other indoor leisure centres and facilities – including indoor gaming, social clubs, model villages, indoor attractions at aquariums and zoos
To remain closed as of July 4
- Bowling alleys and skating rinks
- Indoor play areas including soft play
- Nail bars
- Beauty salons
- Swimming pools
- Tattoo studios
- Water parks
- Indoor fitness and dance studios
- Conference centres other than for people who already work there.