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Pubs, restaurants and hotels to reopen from July 4 but Boris Johnson warns to stay alert
Posted on 24/06/2020

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Announcing an easing of the lockdown measures from July 4, Boris Johnson has said that pubs, hairdressers, hotels, campsites, restaurants, cinemas, museums and galleries will be able to reopen from July 4, although there will still be a one-metre social distancing rule. The Prime Minister advised people to remain responsible, even if he has urged them to go out and enjoy their new freedom.

Cautious reopenings

Cautious reopenings
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"Frankly I can't wait to go to a pub or a restaurant, even if it may not be wholly compatible with the new diet that I'm on. I think people need to go out and I think they need to enjoy themselves, and rediscover things that they haven't been able to do for a long time", Boris Johnson commented.

If hostels, soft play areas, gyms, swimming pools and nightclubs will remain shut, other lockdown measures will be eased. For instance, you will now be able to visit family and friends, as long as you don't hug, and even theatres and concert halls should reopen, although they will only be able to screen past performances and not live ones.

"I want to see bustle, I want to see activity, but let's be absolutely clear that I also want to see everybody being careful: stay alert and follow the guidance. We can't have, you know, great sort of writhing scenes in the beer gardens when the virus could be passed on", said the Prime Minister.

People visiting pubs and other venues will also have to give their contact details in order to enable tracing if necessary. But even if easing the lockdown is becoming essential for the economy, the government has warned that stepping back on these new measures was possible if the virus was not contained properly.

"We are only able to move forward this week because the vast majority of people have taken steps to control the virus. But the more we open up, the more important it is that everyone follows the social distancing guidelines. We will not hesitate to reverse these steps if it is necessary to stop the virus running out of control", a source stated.