UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that hotels, pubs and restaurants will be reopening on July 4th, 2020.
Restrictions will be significantly relaxed since they were imposed in March.
“Our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end,” the Prime Minister said.
Other reopening measures include two households being able to meet indoors, theaters will reopen and social distancing will be reduced to 1 meter.
Other places that will be allowed to reopen from July 4 include:
- outdoor gyms
- social clubs
- community centers
Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Johnson announced a halving of the minimum “social distance” between people to one meter, provided they also take mitigating actions like wearing a face covering, and he advised people to minimize time spent with other households.
Johnson said he is changing the rules so people will be asked to follow recommendations rather than required to follow laws on social contact.
The Prime Minister’s announcement comes after pressure from politicians to speed the relaxing of restrictions to help rebuild the British economy as it faces its worst recession in 300 years.
Business groups welcomed the move and want more government assistance to help them safely reopen, British Chambers of Commerce Director General Adam Marshall said in a statement.
Venues like nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms and swimming pools will remain closed.
Traditional summer sports such as cricket will not be permitted because the ball poses a risk of transmitting the disease, the premier said.
“As we have seen in other countries, there will be flare-ups for which local measures will be needed. We will not hesitate to apply the brakes and reintroduce restrictions, even at national level, if required,” explained Johnson.
International tourists are welcome in the UK but will face strict measures upon arrival including quarantine.
Learn more about the United Kingdom reopening to international tourism.