PM announces easing of lockdown restrictions

In England, from 4 July, the social distancing rule has been reduced to ‘one metre plus’ where it is not possible to keep two metres apart; meanwhile some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen

Written by Georgie Dobie

Posted 23.06.2020 | Retail

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (Tuesday 23 June) set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to help businesses get back on their feet, get people back in their jobs, and enable people to see more of their friends and family.

Following a review, the prime minister has set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission. 

From Saturday 4 July, the prime minister has announced that some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may reopen. Providing they adhere to Covid Secure guidelines, this includes museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, cinemas, as well as libraries, social clubs, and community centres. 

While the infection rate continues to fall, the PM has been clear that the public must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep coronavirus under control. The Government will keep all measures under constant review and will not hesitate to apply the handbrake, or reverse measures, should the virus begin to run out of control. 

Boris Johnson also set out new rules around staycations, meet-ups between two households, as well as the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers. 

These changes apply in England only. 

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