JUST in case you needed any reminding, a series of measures further easing the lockdown in England will come into effect from Saturday, July 4.
The two metre distancing guidance will change to ‘one metre plus’ meaning that where it is not possible to stay 2m apart, people should keep a distance of ‘one metre plus’ while observing precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.
New re-openings will include holiday accommodation, libraries, community centres, bingo halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, along with funfairs and theme parks, amusement arcades, outdoor skating rinks, indoor leisure centres, social clubs and model villages – but nail bars, nightclubs and casinos will remain closed, as well as bowling alleys, spas, swimming pools and indoor soft play centres.
Restaurants and pubs in England will also be allowed to reopen, providing they follow safety measures.
All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service, and contact between staff and customers will be restricted.
Theatres and concert halls will not be able to host live performances - but the government will work with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live events as soon as possible.
Places of worship will be able to open for prayers and services, including weddings with up to 30 guests - subject to social distancing.
More outdoor spaces will open if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and children's playgrounds.
Indoor gatherings of any two households will be allowed from July 4.
People will be able to visit someone’s house or to stay over, for example, with grandparents, as long as social distancing is observed.
This does not have to be the same set of households - Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed: “It will be possible for instance to meet one set of grandparents one weekend, and the others the following weekend.”
However, the government does not recommend meetings of multiple households indoors because of the continued risk of infection.
In further moves the government is no longer holding daily Downing Street press conferences – a fixture of the coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of the lockdown.