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Coronavirus lockdown Loosens: Government Announces Relaxation of Restrictions

Boris Johnson has announced a relaxation of the current regime of lockdown restrictions from Saturday 4 July.

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Boris Johnson has announced a relaxation of the current regime of lockdown restrictions from Saturday 4 July when:

  • pubs and restaurants can reopen;
  • hairdressers and barbers can reopen;
  • two households can meet in any setting with appropriate social distancing;
  • some leisure facilities such as outdoor gyms, playgrounds, cinemas and museums may reopen; and
  • ‘staycations’ are now permitted in England as accommodation sites reopen.

Events such as weddings will also be allowed to go ahead with 30 guests, and places of worship can hold services but singing will be banned.

The Government has stated that where possible people should continue to stay 2m apart and maintain social distancing. However, they have recognised that in some circumstances this may not be possible in which case they should keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’ meaning that they should remain at least one metre apart whilst taking measures to reduce the risk of transmission through face coverings etc.

However, the following places will remain closed for the time being:

  • nightclubs and casinos;
  • spas and nail bars/beauty salons;
  • massage, tattoo and piercing parlours; and
  • indoor fitness centres and swimming pools.

If you have a business that can open from 4 July 2020 our free online tool can help guide you through the process of asking your employees to return to work.

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