Coronavirus: Pubs, restaurants and hotels can reopen from July 4


The Prime Minister has declared that pubs and restaurants can open from July 4 (Photo: Pixabay)

The two metre rule on social distancing will also be relaxed to “one metre plus” from that date, with people advised to take other precautions such as wearing face coverings, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in the House of Commons this afternoon.

From July 4 pubs and restaurants will be allowed to open both indoors and outdoors, providing that they install safety guidelines including table service online.

Hotels, bed and breakfasts, campsites and caravan parks can also open, as can hair salons and barbers - but with visors worn.

In addition, playgrounds, museums, galleries, theme parks, outdoor gyms, libraries, social clubs and community centres can all open.

However numerous other business types, including nightclubs, bowling alleys, indoor soft play areas, water parks, indoor gyms, and swimming pools will not be able to reopen.

Mr Johnson also stated that two households will be allowed to meet indoors and stay overnight.

He spoke of the permanent scars left by Covid-19, but added that the five tests were still being met 

He said: "The fewer social contacts you have, the safer you will be. We cannot lift all restrictions at once so we have to make difficult decisions.

"Our long national hibernation is becoming to an end and life is returning to our streets and shops,. A new but cautious optimism is palpable - but it would be all too easy for the frost to return.

"There will be flare-ups -and we will not hesitate to reapply the brakes and reintroduce measures even at a national level if required. We will continue to trust in the common sense of the British people."