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The lockdown rule changes expected to be announced on Tuesday

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The lockdown rule changes expected to be announced on Tuesday

Downing Street has confirmed that Boris Johnson will address the nation this week on lockdown rule changes in England.

It is largely speculated that he will make a speech on Tuesday, June 23.

The PM will finally announce which sectors will be allowed to reopen on July 4.

The government has also being reviewing the two-metre social distancing rule, and Mr Johnson will reveal the findings.

There are rumours circulating that the social distancing rule will be replaced by a one-metre rule instead.

Here are all the lockdown rule changes that the government are expected to make.

Relaxing the two-metre rule

Following a government review into the social distancing rule, Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new one-metre rule on Tuesday.

Last week the PM was asked if he was going to relax the rule, to which he simply replied: “Watch this space.”

When BBC Breakfast asked Security Minister James Brokenshire the same question, he said: “There has been a great deal of work that’s been taking place at pace over the last number of days, informed by the science, informed by experience from around the world as well, as to how we can appropriately look at easements and appropriately also reflect on the two-metre rule as well.”

Reopening of pubs, hotels and hairdressers

Downing Street has confirmed that at some point this week the PM will reveal which sectors will be allowed to reopen from July 4.

The date was earmarked in the government’s lockdown roadmap as the time that the hospitality industry would be allowed to reopen, and it is likely this will go ahead as planned.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said over the weekend that England is “clearly on track” to further ease lockdown restrictions.

Mr Hancock told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “We’re clearly on track for that plan because (of) the number of cases coming down, and the plan does refer to hospitality and some of the other things that are closed that so many people want to see open.”

Acknowledging that “a lot of the country does need a haircut”, he said that he is “not going to rule out” hairdressers and barbers also being able to reopen on July 4.

Expanding social bubbles

Social bubbles were announced by Boris Johnson earlier this month allowing people who live alone to meet with one other person in their homes – and even have someone stay overnight.

The rules allowed people living in different households to meet, hug and kiss for the first time since lockdown – and ended the ban on sex with someone you don’t live with.

Now according to reports the bubbles are set to be expanded – allowing you to meet with a number of people from different households.

Downing Street has not confirmed the plans and the Daily Telegraph reports there is no final decision.

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