The Speaker
Friday, 12 April 2024 – 12:10

PM sets out major changes to Coronavirus restrictions in England from July 4

Boris Johnson has announced that multiple Coronavirus restrictions in England will be eased from July 4.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, the UK Prime Minister said that from July 4, the following settings will be able to reopen;

  • Restaurants and pubs
  • Hairdressers & Barbers
  • Outdoor Gyms
  • Playgrounds
  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Galleries
  • Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Campsites and Caravan parks

Places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services and weddings will be able to take place with a maximum of 30 guests who are social distancing from each other.

The Prime Minister has said that some settings will need to remain closed for now, including indoor gyms, swimming pools, spas, nightclubs and bowling alleys. Mr Johnson said that the government will work with the arts sector to help allow choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume performances as soon as possible. He added that guidance for reopening would be released by the government for each sector.

From July 4, the 2m rule in England will be reduced to “one metre plus” where 2m is not possible. Two households of any size will be able to meet together in any setting, including inside each other’s houses and people will be able to stay overnight. Meetings of multiple households indoors are not recommended. 

The Prime Minister said that “we cannot lift all the restrictions at once” and that the government “will not hesitate to apply the brakes” to the easing of lockdown measures if required. He added that as restrictions are eased, “we will continue to trust in the common sense of the British people.”

The Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer said his party “welcome the thrust” of the PM’s statement. 

The measures announced by Mr Johnson on Tuesday lunchtime will only initially apply in England. The devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been easing restrictions at different speeds, and generally more gradually than in England.


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