Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Tuesday that bars, restaurants and hotels will resume operations in England on July 4th. From this date, the minimum safety distance will also be reduced from two to one meter to avoid infection by COVID-19 if it is not possible to save the first one.
In an expected speech before the House of Commons, the “Prime Minister” defended that “now we can safely alleviate the restriction in England”, although he made it clear that “every step will be conditional and reversible”.
Johnson has stressed that, as in other countries, there will be “outbreaks” so that the government “will not hesitate” to re-impose restrictions at the national level if necessary. “We will continue to rely on the common sense of the British,” he added, and urged citizens to continue washing their hands frequently and to ensure 2 meters of safety where possible.
From July 4th, pubs and restaurants in England will be able to reopen their doors with a range of security measures, just like hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites. They can also resume their activities as hairdressers and hairdressers as well as in playgrounds, museums, libraries and community centers, as reported by the BBC. For now, they will remain closed under other discos and pools.
In addition to reducing the safety distance to one meter, as long as contagion-reducing measures such as face masks are taken, Johnson has also given the green light so that members of one household can be brought together with those of another household – previously it was only in the garden or on free field possible – keep your distance. In any case, he insisted that “the fewer social contacts you have, the safer you will be”.