Boris Johnson has revealed plans in the House of Commons today about how lockdown restrictions will be significantly eased over the coming weeks. The Prime Minister was met with cheers from colleagues as he unveiled, bit by bit, a gradual resuming of normal life.
"From now on, we will ask people to follow guidance instead of legislation" when it comes to social distancing, announced Johnson, before confirming that a social distance of 'one metre plus' should be adhered to if two metres isn't possible.
Many of the major changes will come into action on 4 July, less than a fortnight from now. Here's everything that will be reopened or permitted from that date onwards...
What will reopen on 4 July?
Two households of any size will be able to meet in any setting, inside or out
The Prime Minister clarified that this does not mean they must always be the same two households, but it is not recommended for multiple households to meet indoors because of the risk of transmission. Basically, you can see different sides of family or different groups of friends - just not all at once.
Restaurants and pubs will be reopened
This particular announcement was met by cheers of "hallelujah" among the benches in Parliament, as it signals the hospitality industry being able to get back on its feet. Johnson confirmed that "all hospitality indoors will be limited to table service", and guidance will encourage minimal staff/customer contact.
Hairdressers will be allowed to open
With "appropriate precautions, including visors" said the Prime Minister, as he made a joke about the state of his own hair, which is looking pretty long and luscious like so many others right now.
Weddings can take place
Weddings will be allowed to go ahead from early July with a maximum of 30 people, "subject to social distancing".
Stay-cations are a-go-go
"Provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation including hotels and B&Bs, as well as campsites, as long as shared facilities are kept clean," announced Boris Johnson.
Leisure facilities and tourist attractions will reopen if they can do so safely
This includes outdoor gyms, playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks, arcades, libraries, social clubs and community centres. Culture, come at me.
Recreation and sport will be allowed
However, any indoor facilities including changing rooms and courts will remain closed. The Prime Minister added that people should only play close contact sports with members of their household.
What will remain closed?
If you were praying for your gym to reopen, the time is not quite nigh. As indoor gyms are deemed a "close proximity venue" it is too hard to ensure safe use with social distancing at current, meaning gyms will open up a little later down the line.
Other close proximity venues
Sadly, the government can't guarantee that close proximity venues - such as nightclubs, soft play areas, swimming pools, spas, bowling alleys and water parks - are safe enough to reopen, so they will remain closed for the foreseeable. However, Johnson confirmed that task forces are being set up to help these venues open up as soon as possible.
Boris Johnson gave a special mention to nail bars in his speech this afternoon, reassuring that "some other close contact services such as nail bars" will open "when we're confident they can operate in a COVID-safe way." Hold out a little longer, and that mani-pedi will be yours.
The Prime Minister confirmed the government is working with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live performances as soon as possible.
Schools (in full)
Although some pupils are back in education, Johnson announced that primary and secondary education would recommence "with full attendance" in September.
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