Boris Johnson has hailed the beginning of the end of a ‘national hibernation’ as he announced that a string of businesses can reopen from early July.
The Prime Minister told the Commons about a series of reopenings in a speech which also saw the social distancing rules slashed in half to ‘one metre plus’.
Some hairdressers, pubs, hotels, B & Bs and campsites are set to open their doors on July 4 following the statement. Two households can also meet indoors.
Mr Johnson said: ‘Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end and life is returning to our streets and to our shops, the bustle is starting to come back and a new but cautious optimism is palpable.’
But the PM warned: ‘I must say to the House it will be all too easy for that frost to return, and that is why we will continue to trust in the common sense and the community spirit of the British people to follow this guidance, to carry us through and to see us to victory over this virus.’
Businesses will be allowed to reopen, as long as they are ‘Covid-secure’ by maintaining social distancing – giving hope people will be able to enjoy holidays within England and take trips out to dinner or the cinema.
Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses are allowed to reopen but shared facilities must be kept very clean, Mr Johnson said.
Restaurants, cafes, workplace canteens, bars, pubs and cinemas have also been given the green light, as can places of worship, libraries, community centres and bingo halls.
Those in dire need of a haircut can now book to return to the hairdresser, with the PM saying that PPE including visors will need to be used to protect staff and customers.
Theatres and concert venues can reopen but not for live performances – with the fear being that singing may spread germs by projecting droplets.
Outdoor playgrounds, outdoor gyms, funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities can also be used. But indoor gyms will need to stay shut for now, as will swimming pools, nail bars and nightclubs.
Amusement arcades, outdoor skating rinks, indoor leisure centres or facilities – including indoor games and recreation – can open up.
Social clubs, model villages and indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres, and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction, can reopen too.
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