Lockdown ease POLL: Will you take advantage of the relaxation of lockdown rules? VOTE
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Since March, the UK has been under strict lockdown due to the outbreak of the deadly pandemic but last month Mr Johnson announced steps to start easing lockdown measures. But scientific experts are worried it is too soon.
But as the Government moves forward with easing restrictions, the Express.co.uk is asking, “Will you take advantage of the relaxation of lockdown rules?”
This afternoon, the Prime Minister announced new alterations to the lockdown policy in a bid to reopen the country and starve off a looming economy crash.
Mr Johnson produced a number of changes which could help make life a little easier.
These include changing the two-metre social distancing rule and are set to come into effect next month.
Speaking in Parliament today, Mr Johnson said the “national hibernation” was beginning to end, and “life is returning to our streets”.
The Prime Minister told MPs that progress in tackling the virus meant steps could be taken to “safely ease the lockdown”, but “caution will remain our watchword”.
During the meeting, Mr Johnson announced he is planning to introduce a one-metre plus rule, compelling people to stay two metres apart where they can but said one metre is also acceptable.
He acknowledged that the two-metre rule “effectively makes life impossible for large parts of our economy even without other restrictions”.
This new change will allow businesses who cannot operate without the reduction to reopen.
Hotels, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers have also been given a date to when they can reopen.
As of July 4, the hospitality industry will be allowed to reopen as long as they are “Covid-secure”.
As can places of worship, libraries, community centres and bingo halls.
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Outdoor playgrounds, outdoor gyms, funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities will also reopen, alongside social clubs, model villages and indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres.
He said: “We’re today (Tuesday) publishing guidance on how business can reduce the risk by taking certain steps to protect workers and customers.
“And these include, for instance, avoiding face-to-face seating by changing office layouts, reducing the number of people in enclosed spaces, improving ventilation, using protective screens and face coverings, closing non-essential social spaces, providing hand sanitiser, changing shift patterns so that staff work in set teams.”
However, theatres and concert halls cannot put on live stage performances, making many concerned about the future of the theatre industry.
Nightclubs, indoor gyms or beauty salons are also not allowed to reopen.
Casinos, bowling alleys, indoor skating rinks, swimming pools and indoor play areas including softplay will stay closed.
Mr Johnson also said two households will be allowed to meet indoors and stay overnight but they must abide by social distancing.
Campsites, hotels and bed and breakfasts will also be allowed to welcome back guests.
The UK has yet to record low death and transmission rates for a number of consecutive days as the death toll has surpassed 40,000.
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