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More Lockdown Easing From July 4th

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday that more measures to ease England out of lockdown will start to take place from July 4th.

The 2-meter social distancing rule will now be reduced to 1-metre-plus, though the Prime Minister has said that people should remain 2 meters apart where possible.

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

The list of venues that will be reopening 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 have 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 centre

The following must still remain closed:

  • Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks

  • Nightclubs and casinos

  • Indoor play areas including soft-play

  • Spas

  • Nail bars and beauty salons

  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours

  • Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities - although Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted that ministers hope to be able to reopen gyms and leisure facilities in mid-July

  • Swimming pools and water parks

  • Exhibition or conference centres - other than for those who work for that venue.

The Prime Minister has warned that these steps are reversible’

For more information on lockdown easing click here.


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