Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Prime Minister announces new measures to take effect from July 4
From Saturday 4 July, the Prime Minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.
From the same date, he has set out that two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that "people can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites".
In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.
Following a review, the Prime Minister has also 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.
These changes apply in England only.
Here is further information on today's (June 23) announcement:
Restaurants and pubs will also be allowed to reopen, providing they follow safety guidelines.
All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service, and contact between staff and customers will be limited.
Customers will also have to give contact details when they enter a pub or restaurant.
Holiday accommodation - including hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks - can also reopen, and people in England will be free to stay away from home overnight for the first time since lockdown began in March.
Where it is safe to do so outdoor spaces can reopen including outdoor gyms and children's playgrounds. We will provide more details on our sites before July 4.
Hairdressers will be able to reopen, as long as they take precautions. Other close-contact services such as nail bars will not yet open, but the prime minister said they would be able to open "as soon as we're confident they can operate safely"
Libraries, community centres, bingo halls, cinemas, museums and galleries will be able to open, along with funfairs and theme parks, amusement arcades, outdoor skating rinks, indoor leisure centres, social clubs and model villages
Places of worship will be able to open for prayers and services including weddings with up to 30 guests. We will provide more details on how this affects Yeovil Crematorium before July 4.
From 4 July, the 2m distancing rule will be changed.
The prime minister said that where it is not possible to stay 2m apart, people should keep a distance of "one metre plus" - this means staying one metre apart, while observing precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.
Two households of any size will be able to meet indoors or outside. It will be possible to stay overnight.
This does not have to be the same set of households - the prime minister said. "It will be possible for instance to meet one set of grandparents one weekend, and the others the following weekend."
However, the government does not recommend meetings of multiple households indoors because of the risk of infection.
Outdoors, people from multiple households can meet in groups of up to six - but two households can meet regardless of size.
What must remain closed:
Nightclubs and casinos remain closed, along with bowling alleys, spas, swimming pools and indoor soft play centres
Theatres and concert halls will not be able to host live performances - but the prime minister said the government would work with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live events as soon as possible. We will provide updates on the future plans for the Octagon and Westlands as soon as they are available.