British PM to announce business re-openings

British Prime Minister to announce which businesses can re-open on July 4 and the outcome of a review into 2-meter social distancing rule.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday which businesses can re-open on July 4 and the outcome of a review into the 2-meter social distancing rule, the BBC reported on Sunday.

Johsnon will discuss England's approach to the two issues with the COVID-19 Strategy Committee on Monday.

On Tuesday, he will consult cabinet on any changes, before updating Parliament on the next steps of lockdown easing.

His office warned, however, that the moves would be "the first to be reversed" if they led to a surge in the virus.

Earlier on Sunday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he "very much hopes" the 2-meter rule can be lowered with "mitigations" to cut the risk of transmission.

Labour's shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth, said his party were "prepared to look at [the proposals] carefully", but their support would depend on other mitigations being introduced.

Johnson had said earlier that the government was "sticking like glue" to the roadmap it announced for England in May.

In phase two, at the start of June, the plan allowed the opening of non-essential retail and the return of more pupils to school.

When Johnson announced the roadmap, he said phase three would allow for some pubs, restaurants, cinemas and other hospitality venues to re-open at the start of July "at the earliest".

Johnson originally announced the lockdown on March 23, imposing curbs on everyday life without precedent in peacetime.

In his speech on Tuesday, he is expected to warn the public they must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to "keep the coronavirus under control".

He will also reiterate pledges to use the NHS Test and Trace system to detect and control local outbreaks through "targeted lockdowns".