Lockdown restrictions easing on 4 July

As you may have seen or heard, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made an announcement in the Commons earlier today making some changes to the current restrictions and easing the lockdown further, from 4 July.

Some of the key parts of the announcement are as follows:-

Social Distancing changes:

Where it is possible to keep 2 metres apart people should still do so.  But where it is not, the government will advise people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’, meaning they should remain one metre apart, while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.

Pubs and restaurants can re-open:

All hospitality indoors will be limited to table-service, and government guidance will encourage minimal staff and customer contact.  Businesses will be asked to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by collecting contact details from customers, as happens in other countries,

Hairdressers can re-open:

Hairdressers can re-open, with appropriate precautions, including the use of visors.

Other personal care businesses to open later:

The Prime Minister said “We also intend to allow some other close contact services, such as nail bars, to re-open as soon as we can, when we are confident they can operate in a Covid-secure way.”

Some cultural, leisure and tourist facilities can re-open:

Most leisure facilities and tourist attractions will reopen if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades as well as libraries, social clubs and community centres.  

Close proximity venues such as indoor gyms and swimming pools to remain closed for now:

Venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools and spas will need to remain closed for now, as will bowling alleys and water parks.  The Business and Culture Secretaries will establish taskforces with public health experts and these sectors to help them become Covid-secure and re-open as soon as possible. Recreation and sport will be allowed, but indoor facilities, including changing rooms and courts, will remain closed and people should only play close contact team sports with members of their household.

Places of worship can re-open:

Places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services, including weddings with a maximum of 30 people, all subject to social distancing.

More face to face in the criminal justice system:

Courts, probation services, police stations and other public services will increasingly resume face-to-face proceedings.

Childcare:

Wrap-around care for school age children and formal childcare will restart over the summer.

We will let you know when further information and guidance is released.

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