UK to further ease coronavirus lockdown

Added On June 24, 2020

The recommended gap will then be reduced from 2 metres to "1 metre plus" in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out the guidance that allows people to keep a social distance of "1 meter plus" where it is not possible to stay 2 meters apart. Meanwhile, Johnson announced that from July 4, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers, among others, will be able to reopen. Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen. These include outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, theme parks, libraries, as well as places of worship and community centers. However, "close proximity" venues, such as nightclubs, indoor gyms, swimming pools and water parks, will need to remain closed for now. Despite the adjustment of rules, Johnson stressed that the public must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep the pandemic under control. The government also said that it will keep all measures under constant review and will not hesitate to apply the handbrake, or reverse measures, should the virus begin to run out of control.