Revealing the latest changes in the lockdown protocol, Johnson says the 2-metre social distancing rule will be reduced to 1m-plus.
The prime minister has shared that a reduction in the 2m social distancing rule, at the same time as giving the go-ahead for pubs, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers and barbers in England to reopen from 4 July.
“Where it is possible to keep two metres apart, people should,” the prime minister said.
“But where it is not, we will advise people to keep a social distance of 1m-plus, meaning they should remain one metre apart while taking mitigating measures to reduce the risk of transmission.”
But, although many businesses will be able to reopen in the coming weeks, Boris said that nightclubs, indoor gyms and beauty salons must remain closed “for now“.
Further changes to the guidelines say that from 4th July the government will allow gatherings of two different households indoors, provided social distancing (at 1 metre plus…) is maintained.
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Guidance is due to be published for businesses, advising them what action they need to take to reopen safely.
For example, pubs and restaurants will be required to take the names and contact details of customers, in case they have to be contacted as part of the government’s test and trace programme to contain the spread of Covid-19.
“All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service and our guidance will encourage minimal staff and customer contact,” Mr Johnson told MPs.
“We will ask businesses to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by collecting contact details from customers as happens in other countries and we will work with the sector to make this manageable.”
The PM said every step of relaxing the lockdown is “scrupulously weighed“.
He added: “We cannot lift all the restrictions at once so we have to make difficult judgements.
“And every step is scrupulously weighed against the evidence.”
The PM said the government’s approach was to “trust the British public to use their common sense in the full knowledge of the risks, remembering that the more we open up, the more vigilant we will need to be“.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer welcomed the PM’s statement, saying:
“We will study the guidance, and there are obviously a number of questions that need to be answered, but overall I welcome this statement.
“I believe the government is trying to do the right thing and in that, we will support them.”