Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today outlined to Parliament the next phase of loosening lockdown restrictions to commence in England from 4th July.
He addressed the House of Commons at 12:30pm this afternoon.
The two-metre social distancing guidelines are being reduced to one-metre+, which matches the recommendations outlined by the World Health Organisation and this reduction will enable businesses to serve higher numbers of customers, whilst remaining COVID-compliant.
The government is set to publish further guidance on this matter.
The announcement represents a significant step towards a full reopening of the UK economy and will come as relieving news for many businesses desperate to resume trading.
Ahead of lockdown restrictions loosening in England, here is the full list of businesses and venues which have been given the green light to once again reopen to the public, and which must continue to remain closed.
Which venues can reopen?
The following list of businesses and venues can reopen to the public from Saturday 4th July 2020:
- Bed & Breakfasts
- Holiday Homes
- Caravan Parks
- Boarding Houses
- Places of Worship
- Workplace Canteens
- Museums and Galleries
- Outdoor Playgrounds
- Theme Parks
- Amusement Arcades
- Model Villages
Which venues must remain closed?
The following list of businesses and venues cannot reopen to the public from Saturday 4th July 2020 and must remain closed until further notice:
- Bowling Alleys
- Indoor Play Areas eg: Softplay
- Nail Bars
- Tattoo Parlours
- Indoor Gyms and Fitness Centres
- Swimming Pools
- Conference Centres
Guidance ahead of reopening is set to be published by the government in full in due course.
For further information, guidance and support amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please refer to official resources on gov.uk/coronavirus.
According to the latest figures released by the Department of Health & Social Care, a total of 42,647 people have sadly died after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).