Prime Minister Boris Johnson Outlines New Lockdown Measures

The prime minister has announced a series of measures easing the lockdown in England.

Distancing guidelines

From 4 July the 2m distancing rule will be changed.

The prime minister said that where it is not possible to stay 2m apart, people should keep a distance of "one metre plus" - this means staying one metre apart, while observing precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.


Restaurants and pubs will also be allowed to reopen from 4 July, providing they follow safety guidelines.

All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service, and contact between staff and customers will be limited.

Customers will also have to give contact details when they enter a pub or restaurant.

Holiday accommodation - including hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks - can also reopen, and people in England will be free to stay away from home overnight for the first time since lockdown began in March.

Meeting other households

Two households of any size will be able to meet indoors or outside.

This does not have to be the same set of households - but the government does not not recommend meetings of multiple households indoors because of the risk of infection.

Outdoors, people from multiple households can meet in groups of up to six - but two households can meet regardless of size.

What else will reopen?

  • More outdoor spaces will open if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and children's playgrounds
  • Hairdressers will be able to reopen, as long as they take precautions. Other close-contact services such as nail bars will not yet open, but the prime minister said they would be able to open "as soon as we're confident they can operate safely"
  • Libraries, community centres, bingo halls, cinemas, museums and galleries will be able to open, along with funfairs and theme parks, amusement arcades, outdoor skating rinks, indoor leisure centres, social clubs and model villages
  • Places of worship will be able to open for prayers and services, and weddings with up to 30 guests
  • Theatres and concert halls will be able to open, but with no live performances

What will remain closed?

  • Nightclubs and casinos remain closed, along with bowling alleys, spas, swimming pools and indoor soft play centres