Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen in England on 4 July with relaxed social distancing

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen in England on 4 July with relaxed social distancing
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Tue 23rd Jun 2020

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, museums and cinemas are among the businesses that can reopen in England on 4 July.

As was widely predicted, prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed the easing of lockdown measures.

To help hospitality businesses, many of which have say they can't operate with a two minute social distancing rule, Johnson said 'one metre plus' will be introduced on 4 July. Where two metres isn't possible, people can stay one metre apart if they take other safety measures such as washing hands and wearing masks.

Bars and restaurants will only be able to offer table service with "minimal staff and customer contact". They will also be required to record the names and contact details of customers in case they have to be contacted through the government's test and trace programme.

Hairdressers and barbers can also welcome customers back if precautions are taken including face visors.

In welcome news for the English travel industry, bed and breakfasts, hotels, holiday apartments, caravan parks and camp sites can reopen on 4 July if shared facilities are kept properly clean. Visitors will be able to enjoy museums, bingo halls, art galleries, cinemas and outdoor gyms too.

Theatres and music halls can also reopen but they can't hold live performances

Some businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England can't reopen yet though. They include spas, nightclubs, indoor soft play areas, bowling alleys, water parks, indoor gyms, nail bars and swimming pools.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted: "Subject to public health, our aspiration is to reopen gyms and leisure facilities in mid-July."

The government is due to be publish sector specific guidance to help businesses reopen safely.

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 

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