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Coronavirus: British PM reduces two-metre rule as pubs and restaurants prepare to reopen

23rd June 2020

In the latest easing of coronavirus measures, Boris Johnson announces that people will be required to keep one metre apart.

The UK’s two-metre social distancing rule will be reduced to one metre, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers in the UK prepare to reopen from 4th July.

Advising that “where it is possible to keep two metres apart, people should,” the Prime Minister went on to state that “where it is not, we will advise people to keep a social distance of one metre-plus, meaning they should remain one metre apart while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.”

More easing of restrictions in the UK include members of two different household being allowed to gather indoors (so long as social distancing is respected) and reopening of theatres and concert halls, although live performances are not yet allowed.

As was the case with shops, which were allowed to reopen earlier in June, premises that reopen will be required to introduce a set of safety measures to ensure health and safety.

Among these, the PM affirmed that “we will ask businesses to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by collecting contact details from customers as happens in other countries and we will work with the sector to make this manageable.”

Mr Johnson went on to say that the government's approach was to “trust the British public to use their common sense in the full knowledge of the risks, remembering that the more we open up, the more vigilant we will need to be.”

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