Boris Johnson took to Parliament this afternoon as he announced new alterations to the UK’s lockdown policy in a bid to reopen the country and breathe some life into the faltering economy. The Prime Minister has produced a number of changes today which could make life in the country slightly easier. Amongst them are alterations to the embattled two-metre rule and other changes coming into force next month.
All lockdown measures introduced today come into effect from next month.
Speaking in Parliament today, Mr Johnson said the “national hibernation” was beginning to end, and “life is returning to our streets”.
The Prime Minister told MPs that progress in tackling the virus meant steps could be taken to “safely ease the lockdown”, but “caution will remain our watchword”.
Express.co.uk has compiled a list of all the major changes you need to know. Read on to find out how the lockdown update will effect you.
Pubs, restaurants and hotels to reopen
Hotels, restaurants, pubs, cinemas and hairdressers can reopen from July 4 providing they are “Covid-secure” .
As can places of worship, libraries, community centres and bingo halls.
Outdoor playgrounds, outdoor gyms, funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities will also reopen, alongside social clubs, model villages and indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres
He said: “We’re today (Tuesday) publishing guidance on how business can reduce the risk by taking certain steps to protect workers and customers.
“And these include, for instance, avoiding face-to-face seating by changing office layouts, reducing the number of people in enclosed spaces, improving ventilation, using protective screens and face coverings, closing non-essential social spaces, providing hand sanitiser, changing shift patterns so that staff work in set teams.”
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However, not everywhere can reopen next month under the lockdown easing move.
Theatres and concert halls can open but cannot stage live performances.
While nightclubs, indoor gyms and beauty salons must remain closed “for now”, Mr Johnson said, as must massage, tattoo and piercing parlours.
Casinos, bowling alleys, indoor skating rinks, swimming pools and indoor play areas including softplay will stay closed.
Exhibition or conference centres that are to be used for exhibitions or conferences must also stay closed.
Seeing friends and family
Two households will be allowed to meet indoors and stay overnight, Mr Johnson confirmed.
People will be able to visit someone’s house for a dinner party, for example, or to stay over with grandparents.
However, the rule is that you may stay overnight as long as social distancing is observed.
You will also be able to stay overnight in hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites.