British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that bars, restaurants, hotels and cinemas will be back in business from July 4 in England, after which the minimum safety distance will also be reduced from two to one meter to avoid COVID-19 infections when it is not possible to keep the first one.
In a long-awaited speech before the House of Commons, the ‘premier’ said that the “long hibernation is coming to an end” and defended that “we can now move forward and safely alleviate the confinement in England” although he made it clear that “every step will be conditional and reversible. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland it is local governments that decide on restrictions and confinement.
Johnson stressed that, as has happened in other countries, “there will be outbreaks”, so the government will “not hesitate” to re-impose restrictions, even at national level if necessary. “We will continue to rely on the common sense of the British people,” he added, inviting people to continue to wash their hands often and maintain the 2 metre safety barrier wherever possible.
From the 4th of July, pubs and restaurants in England will be able to reopen their doors with a series of security measures, as will hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites. Hairdressers and barber shops will also be able to resume their activities, as well as cinemas, playgrounds, museums, libraries and community centres. For now, they will remain closed, among other discotheques, theatres and swimming pools.