However, citizens must adhere to a strict set of social distance rules, including the decision that customers should only be served at their tables and that their contact details should be obtained in advance.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Johnson said the country had succeeded in slowing the virus to a level where life could begin to return to the streets. All restaurants, hairdressers, museums and cinemas are allowed to reopen.
“Today we can say that our long national inactivity is beginning to end and life is starting to return to our streets and shops,” he said.
All hosting companies will be allowed to reopen, Johnson said, subject to guidance that would encourage limited contact between staff and customers. Hairdressing salons could be opened with appropriate precautions, such as the use of cornices, Johnson said. In order to facilitate the resumption, the social distance limit of 2 meters in England will be reduced to 1 meter if other mitigation measures are applied – such as face masks, cornice or protective screens -.
Also, as of July 4, two households of any size could now meet “in any environment inside or outside,” while maintaining social distances, Johnson said. The current rules only allow groups of up to six people to meet outside.
Johnson acknowledged that other nations in the United Kingdom – Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – would adopt their own approach, but said that everyone had a similar tendency in the case of coronae. He also stressed that the new measures will not be imposed by law, but will be introduced as guidelines. He called on “the British public to use their common sense with full knowledge of the danger.”
Other amenities can be reopened, as long as they are “Covid safe”, such as hotels and other accommodation, places of worship, libraries, community centers, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms, as well as indoor recreation centers and social clubs.
The United Kingdom has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in Europe, with a tool of over 42,000. Johnson’s government has been delayed in responding to the virus, confusing messages and adopting a relatively relaxed approach to the country’s outbreak.