UK PM Johnson announces relaxing of lockdown measures in England


Tourism and hospitality can resume on 4 July

  • Social distancing rules to also be relaxed
  • New rule is to keep at least 1 meter apart (previously 2 meters)
  • Two households can meet in any setting
  • Tourism, hospitality in England can reopen for business
  • Cinemas, galleries, libraries can also reopen
  • Night clubs, spas, gyms, indoor pools, theatres to remain closed

All of the above is applicable starting from 4 July onwards. The most important news in all of this I guess is that pubs can reopen as well starting from 4 July. That said, I don’t think we will see a return to the old ways of standing outside with a pint or two.

In any case, Johnson seems to be embracing that by taking these steps there will be a resurgence in virus cases. He says that “there will be flare ups” but “local measures will be needed to deal with such cases”.

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I don’t want to be too picky but it’s funny that wedding ceremonies only allow for one household at the wedding venue but then two separate households apparently can meet in every other setting. I mean, what is that about?

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