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United Kingdom relaxes 2-meter social distancing rule to further ease coronavirus lockdown

United Kingdom relaxes 2-meter social distancing rule to further ease coronavirus lockdown”

Millions of people in Britain will be able to go to the pub, visit a movie theater, get a haircut or attend a religious service starting July 4, in a major loosening of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers could reopen from July 4, providing they are COVID-secure.

Full Fact, an impartial charity which says it has a "cross-party board of trustees", had said the figure "seems to refer to how many primary schools were open in any form".

The government said the looser restrictions were a big step on the road back to normality.

But those who break the rules will not be subject to enforcement - Mr Johnson said legislation was being replaced by guidance, with the government relying on people to use their common sense.

Officials acknowledged that July 4 was a significant step, but remained a long way away from normal life. For the same reason, live music and theater performances are still off-limits.

The government hasn't specified how staff and visitors will stay safe in libraries just yet.

The government also announced that social-distancing rules will be relaxed.

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This means staying 1 meter apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission, according to a statement from 10 Downing Street.

There will still be social distancing, meaning members of different households will not be permitted close contact - leaving most grandparents still unable to hug their grandchildren.

Pubs and resturants, for example, will be table service only, and hairdressers must wear a screen-like visor to protect themselves and customers.

"Where it is possible, people should [maintain the two-meter distance]", Johnson said.

Prime minister Boris Johnson said in the House of Commons on Tuesday that the government are now unable to relax restrictions relating to the sport, citing the ball as a "natural vector for disease".

There is no limit on the size of the households involved or the distance travelled, although the measures apply only in England for now.

Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, said the announcement was good news for some businesses.

Pub goers in England will reportedly have to share their names before ordering when bars and restaurants reopen across the pond next month amid the coronavirus health crisis.



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