Wednesday 24 June 2020 6:41 AM UTC
LONDON June 24: Boris Johnson has announced that members of two different households can meet “in any setting, inside or out” from July 4 in a landmark easing of lockdown measures.
The Prime Minister also told MPs that the two-metre social distancing rule would be relaxed to one metre from that date, allowing pubs, restaurants and cinemas to reopen.
Despite warning that the steps — which also include the opening of campsites, hotels, holiday cottages and churches — were “conditional and reversible”, Mr Johnson said: “Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end.”
It came after the Office for National Statistics said that a total of 1,114 death certificates mentioned coronavirus in the week ending on June 12, down 474 (30 per cent) on the 1,588 in the previous week.
This means for the first time since lockdown, there was no increase in deaths in any age group.
Hairdressers, gyms and fitness facilities
Hair salons and barbers will reopen, “for those in need of a haircut — myself included,” Johnson announced.
Playgrounds and outdoor gyms will also open their doors from 4 July, but beauty salons, indoor fitness centres and gyms, swimming pools and water parks will remain shuttered.
Gyms will not yet be permitted to open because high levels of movement, perspiration and close interaction pose a far greater risk of infection.
“I’m acutely aware that people will ask questions as to why certain activities are allowed,” said Johnson.
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