Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that there will be further easing of lockdown in England, with the changes coming into place on July 4. In response, people have had their say on Twitter as to the latest development.
As of July 4, the 2m distancing rule will change and where it is not possible to stay 2m apart, people should maintain a distance of at least “one metre plus”. This means that people will still need to be maintaining the precautions put in place over the risk of transmission.
— James Cartlidge MP (@jc4southsuffolk) June 10, 2020
In addition to this, restaurants and pubs will also be allowed to reopen on July 4, providing they have taken into account the necessary safety guidelines.
All hospitality indoors will need to be limited to table service, and contact between staff and customers should be as limited as possible.
When a customer enters a pub or restaurant, they will need to provide contact details.
Meanwhile, holiday accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks can reopen too. For the first time in months, people in England will be free to stay away from home overnight.
There have also been changes put into place when it comes to meeting other households. Finally, two households of any size will be able to meet indoor or outdoors. However, the government has not recommended that there is a meeting of multiple households indoors, as this increases the risk of infection.
In regards to being outdoors with other households, people from multiple households can now meet up in groups of six. Yet two households can meet, whatever the size.
Besides these changes, hairdressers will now be able to reopen – as long as they take precautions. Unfortunately, nail and beauty salons cannot yet reopen. The Prime Minister has promised they will be able to reopen “as soon as we’re confident they can operate safely”.
Places of worship will be reopening for prayers and services. Weddings are allowed, with a maximum of 30 guests.
Community centres, libraries, bingo halls, cinemas, museums and galleries are also able to reopen. This is alongside funfairs, theme parks, amusement arcades, outdoor skating rinks, indoor leisure centres, social clubs and model villages.
Although theatres and concert halls can now open, there are no live performances to be made.
For the time being, nightclubs and casinos will need to remain closed, alongside bowling alleys, spas, swimming pools and indoor soft play areas.
Since the announcement has been made earlier today, people have taken to Twitter to share their views on the changes that have been implemented.
I’m my opinion gyms should be opening before pubs, this lockdown has been a struggle for a lot of people Physically and Mentally and lot of people wanna get back in the gym to better themselves.. Boris don’t have a clue.
— Benny James (@Beno_ldn) June 23, 2020
We will not be supporting Wetherspoons on July 4th onwards.
We won't tell you how to think or act, but at the very least, please consider using and supporting your local pub and bar instead.
— Ramsgate Music Hall (@RamsgateMH) June 23, 2020
Places of worship to open for individual prayer this weekend, Boris Johnson says. This change has been long overdue
— James Forsyth (@JGForsyth) June 10, 2020
“Lockdown is easing, should we open the pools and gyms so people can exercise again?”
“No, the pubs! We need to get people back in the pubs!”
“But the benefits of exercise far outweigh—“
“The pubs! That’s where our great nation does its best exercise!”#OpenOurPools
— Lizzie Simmonds (@LizzieSimmonds1) June 23, 2020
Best case scenario of lockdown easing and opening of pubs: small business collapse as they have no financial aid, but aren't able to make the amount of money they need to survive due to social distancing limitations.
— Jonny Collins (@EnbyAndroJonny) June 23, 2020
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