The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that hotels, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen for business on July 4.
The 2 metre social distancing rule will also be reduced to a new 1 metre plus rule for the sector after a review into the measure concluded that it was safe to do so.
Speaking in Parliament today, Johnson that pubs, restaurants and hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation providers will be able to reopen for same households or two households staying together from July 4, with the new 1 metre plus rule introduced.
The new measure allows people to remain a metre away from others if they take additional measures to protect themselves, such as wearing a mask.
In restaurants, pubs and hotels, businesses will be expected to introduce partition screens between tables that are situated less than two metres apart, face tables away from each other and reduce the number of people inside at one time.
Hospitality venues will also be limited to table service only, with minimal staff and guest contact details must be taken on arrival.
Full details on the new 1 metre plus rule will be published today.
He said that venues with shared facilities ‘must be kept clean’ and most leisure facilities will also be able to reopen, if they can do safely, such as outdoor gyms, playgrounds, cinemas and libraries.
Johnson added that swimming pools, spas, indoor gyms and nightclubs, need to remain closed for now, as will bowling alleys and water parks. Task forces will be created for these industries to help them reopen safely in the coming months.
Recreation sport will also be allowed with the same household, but no indoor facilities such as changing rooms can be used.
He also said that weddings with a maximum of 30 people can go ahead, with guests adhering to social distancing.
He stressed that this period had seen the ‘toughest restrictions imposed in British history’ and these next steps would help people get back on their feet and back into work.
From July 4 two households would also be permitted to meet indoors.
The news will come as a huge relief to business owners and operators, who have had very little reopening guidance from the government over the past few months.
The hope is that this announcement will ignite consumer demand for the UK hospitality industry with people looking for advice on when to officially travel again before booking a trip away.
The Prime Minister commissioned a review into the 2 metre rule last week after pressure from hospitality leaders.
Boris Johnson announced in May that the England will be following a four-phase roadmap to recovery out of the coronavirus lockdown, with hospitality allowed to reopen on July 4 ‘at the earliest’.
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