Boris Johnson Announces Pubs And Hairdressers Can Open From Next Month
Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers across England will be permitted to reopen next month, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
Boris Johnson confirmed the happy news during a speech in parliament on Tuesday afternoon, three months to the day since he enforced the coronavirus lockdown.
A number of hairdressers have already started taking bookings in anticipation of the announcement, which will see establishments opening their doors from Saturday 4th July. However, according to government guidance, staff and customers will be required to wear visors.
Addressing the nation on Tuesday, Boris said he no longer believed the country was at risk of a second peak that could "overwhelm the NHS".
But he added that the new measures would be "conditional and reversible", with indoor pools and gyms remaining closed for the foreseeable future, and weddings limited to 30 people.
The PM also revealed the two metre social distancing rule has been replaced with a "one metre plus" rule which will make it much easier for businesses to reopen safely.
And it's not just hairdressers that have been given the green light to start up again, but also restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels - though they'll be limited to table service.
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The Prime Minister announced that as of Saturday 4th July, the outside seating areas of food and drink establishments - such as beer gardens - would be able to reopen for the first time in months.
Added to that, holiday parks and B&Bs will also reopen their doors to the public, giving Brits the chance to enjoy a summer staycation.
Of course, the changes come with strict safety measures, including a social distance of one metre (halved from the previous two metre rule) as well as perspex screenings, hand sanitiser available throughout every establishment and more frequent cleaning.
Providing your name and contact details when you enter a pub or bar is also being considered as a way of tracking and tracing those at risk. Should someone test positive for the virus, it means others who could have come into contact can also isolate.
We can't wait to get back to the salons... new hair pending!
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