Cinemas, galleries and museums to reopen on 4 July

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Cinemas, galleries and museums are expected to reopen on 4 July as Boris Johnson furthers eases UK lockdown restrictions. The Prime Minister is expected to announce the news during a televised announcement later today, 23 June.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers are also thought to reopen on the same July date, and Johnson will reportedly relax social distancing rules from two metres to one metre, following pressure from the hospitality sector. Venues will have to adhere to new health and safety regulations, including one-way systems and pre-booked tickets to limit numbers.

On 6 July, those with underlying health issues who have been forced to remain in their homes, also known as 'shielding', since late March will be able to go outside and mix with groups up to five others and form 'support bubbles' with other households.

The most recent updates to the UK lockdown follows a meeting with the Covid-19 strategy committee, chaired by Johnson and attended by the UK's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday, 22 June that the virus was "in retreat". The number of daily virus deaths fell to 15 on Monday the lowest since 15 March and fewer than 1,00 new cases were reported. However, the figures often dip on Mondays due to reporting delays.

The news marks the first time that cinemas, galleries and museums, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers have been able to operate since lockdown began at the end of March. Non-essential shops reopened earlier this month.

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