Major easing of lockdown in England with pubs and restaurants opening

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Published on June 24, 2020 by

Three months after the lockdown was imposed, the Prime Minister has announced a big easing of the rules in England, starting next month.

They include changes to social distancing as well as the re-opening of pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, hotels and campsites.

But some experts have warned that the relaxation could lead to a new wave of infections and they say an effective track and trace system is now essential.

From the 4th July in England the 2-metre social distancing rule should still be observed where possible. But where it’s not people are advised to keep a distance of 1 metre from others, while using other forms of protection such as face masks.

People in England will be able to go out and socialise in pubs and restaurants as well as staying in hotels and at campsites. Barbers and hairdressers will reopen and outdoor gyms, playgrounds, and theme parks will also be open again.

Other venues reopening in England include cinemas, museums and galleries. But some places will still remain closed, including nightclubs, indoor gyms, and swimming pools.

It means that thousands of businesses across England have just 11 days to get ready to open again. And there will be strict new rules in place to protect customers.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, Business Editor Simon Jack, Science Editor David Shukman and Health Editor Hugh Pym.

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