Boris Johnson briefs on easing coronavirus restrictions in England

Thursday, 25 Jun, 2020

Describing the ball as "a natural vector of disease", British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday ruled out an imminent return of recreational cricket but the upcoming England-West Indies bilateral series is not under threat.

Having signed it off during this morning's Cabinet, the Prime Minister confirmed that the two-metre rule was coming to an end in favour of a "one-metre-plus" rule.

Pubs and restaurants around the country would likely struggle to stay profitable if they had no choice but to enforce strict social-distancing rules, but with the more relaxed proposal, many businesses in the industry will be able to operate effectively like normal.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was keen to enjoy a visit to the pub and urged people to go out and enjoy their new freedom to socialise next month, but cautioned that they would still need to act responsibly.

Outlining the plans in the Commons, Mr Johnson said: 'It will be possible, for instance, to meet one set of grandparents one weekend, and the others the following weekend. "All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service and our guidance will encourage minimal staff and customer contact".

Sector-specific guidance will be published later today, Johnson said. And it said people should only meet indoors with members of one other household at a time.

Home visitors will be allowed to stay overnight.

Johnson's announcement that pubs and restaurants will also be permitted to open from July 4 was met with cheers from the House of Commons.

- Recreation and sport will be allowed but indoor facilities with remain closed.

The easing of restrictions will include hairdressers, outdoor gyms and playgrounds, hotels, cinemas, museums, art galleries, arcades, libraries, and community centres. "And we will not hesitate to apply the brakes and reintroduce restrictions, even at national level, if required".

Restaurant, pub and bar managers will also be asked to take customers' contact details so that, in the event of a local Covid-19 outbreak, they can be traced by the NHS and advised to self-isolate.

Places of worship will be allowed to reopen for services and weddings with a maximum capacity of 30 people.

Theatres and concert halls will be allowed to open but will be banned from playing live performances.

Making a specific reference to hairdressers, Johnson said he along with the rest of the country have been waiting for a haircut which would now be possible with the use of safety measures such as face visors.

"Close proximity" venues - such as nightclubs, nail bars and beauty salons - will remain shut.