Recap the updates and reaction as Boris Johnson announced pubs can reopen in Portsmouth

THE Prime Minister is set to announce the next stage in the easing of lockdown.

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 5:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 5:34 pm

Boris Johnson will be giving a statement to Parliament in the Commons this afternoon.

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He is expected to announce that the two-metre social-distancing rule will be cut to one metre.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Pubs, cinemas, restaurants and other business in the hospitality industry are also expected to be given the green light to reopen from July 4.

We will be bringing you all the latest updates and reactions from the announcement in our live blog below.

Live updates as PM to announce latest lockdown easing

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 June, 2020, 16:36

  • Boris Johnson to announce latest stage of lockdown easing
  • Pubs, restaurants and cinemas expected to be given green light to open on July 4
  • Two-metre social distancing rule expect to be cut to one metre

Brittany Ferries to resume Portsmouth services next week

A ferry company will be restarting its services at the start of next week.

Brittany Ferries will be running a limited service as of Monday June 29 – with most vessels travelling to Europe from Portsmouth.

Trips to Caen, Santander and Roscoff will be available from Portsmouth International Port, with further routes to St Malo, Cherbourg and Le Havre starting in July.

Three ships – Etreat, Barfleur and Normandie Express – will not be coming back into operation this summer.

Southsea pub landlord excited to open after spending £1,500 on renovation

A landlord said it will be ‘absolutely brilliant’ to reopen the pub next month after spending £1,500 on a renovation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced pubs can reopen on July 4 as social distance measures are eased.

Pubs will be allowed to serve customers both indoors and outdoors with the two metre rule slashed in favour of a one metre plus rule where two metres is not possible.

Time at the bar was called as pubs were forced to slam shut their doors amid the coronavirus outbreak in March.

Phil Estell, landlord of The Golden Eagle Pub in Southsea, told The News he cannot wait to throw open his doors again after revamping the Delamere Road tavern.

National Museum of the Royal Navy 'delighted' to re-open after months of lockdown

Museum bosses have told of their delight at being able to re-open from July 4 following an announcement by the prime minister today.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN), which is based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, is now scrambling to get ready after three months of lockdown hardship.

But officials from the heritage hub, which boasts sites across the UK, have warned visitors it will take ‘some time’ until things are all set.

A spokeswoman for the heritage organisation told The News: ‘The National Museum of the Royal Navy is delighted to be given the guidance that we can reopen our doors to visitors once more.

Hayling Island pub 'ahead of the curve' as hosptiality sector prepares for mass reopening

The manager of a seafront pub says he ‘cannot wait' to see his regulars ordering pints once again.

Earlier today, prime minister Boris Johnson announced that pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and more can reopen in England from July 4.

The Inn on the Beach, on Hayling Island, is one of those pubs which will be swinging its doors back open to the public.

General manager Mark Thornhill said he is overjoyed that the pub can finally reopen.

Wetherspoons boss welcomes news pubs can reopen from July 4

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has welcomed the Government's plan to allow pubs to reopen.

He said: ’We are extremely pleased that pubs are reopening on July 4 after a long hiatus.

’We are going to discuss the precise Government proposals with our pub managers and staff before we comment further on the details.’

Barber welcomes PM's announcement that hairdressers can open their doors

Safety measures and visors will mean hairdressers and barbers can re-open to their clients from next week.

Chris Jupp, who runs M Cutting in Buckland, told The News he has been overwhelmed by texts and calls in the last few weeks.

Customers have been desperate to get a haircut appointment after it was hinted that hairdressers, alongside pubs and restaurants, would be allowed to reopen from July 4.

Prime minister Boris Johnson announced today in the House of Commons that hairdressers would be allowed to open their doors from next Saturday.

Chris, who has run his business since 1995, said: ‘People are desperate for a haircut and I have had calls and texts offering to come anytime for any amount of money to make sure they can get an appointment.

Portsmouth museums including D-Day Story to reopen 'as soon as it is safe to do so'

Museums will be allowed to reopen from July 4, it was announced today by the PM. 

And council-run museums in Portsmouth will re-open ‘as soon as it is safe to do so’ . 

The city's six council-run museums, including the birthplace of Charles Dickens and the D-Day Story closed when lockdown was announced this year. 

Residents have been able to access virtual exhibitions in the meantime through their websites.

Port Solent restaurants to reopen

Restaurants at Port Solent will be reopening in accordance with the new government guidelines, it has been confirmed.

While the full list of reopening venues has not yet been confirmed, Port Solent’s events and marketing manager Lisa Fowler has promised a wide variety of choices for visitors.

She said: ’We understand for a variety of reasons people may not be going on their summer holiday abroad this year but our huge selection of outdoor dining options teamed with cuisines from around the world will have visitors feeling like they’re on holiday without needing to travel.’

Booking in advance has been advised, with the full list of reopened restaurants going up on the Port Solent website on July 1.

Today is last of daily press conferences

The government has announced that tonight’s 5pm press conference will be the last of the daily briefings. 

They will only be held for significant announcements in the future, No 10 has said. 

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