Boris Johnson has revealed in Parliament that from 4th July, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen both indoors and outdoors, as long as they put in safety guidelines and online table service.

In a statement in Parliament on 23rd June 2020 the Prime Minister said “We will reopen restaurants and pubs. All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service and our guidance will encourage minimum staff and customer contact”.

He also mentioned venues will be asked to help the NHS Test and Trace app by collecting data.

“Collecting contact details from customers, as happens with other countries, and we will work with the sector to make this manageable.”

The government have released guidance for pubs to follow upon re-opening which can be found here.

Hotels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, hair salons and barbers but with visors worn, playgrounds, museums, galleries, theme parks, outdoor gyms and arcades, libraries, social clubs and community centres are all allowed to open too.

Nightclubs, spas, indoor soft play areas, bowling alleys, water parks, indoor gyms, nail bars, swimming pools and water parks are still under review.

Boris says: “From the outset we have trusted in the common sense and perseverance of the British people. We have been clear that our cautious relaxation of the guidance is entirely conditional on our continued defeat of the virus. The number of new infections is now declining by between 2 and 4% every day and we created a human shield around the NHS and in turn our doctors and nurses have protected us.

“Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end… the bustle is starting to come back.”


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