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, 13:03

  • 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

The UK cinema association pleased by announcement

The UK Cinema Association welcomed news from the Prime Minister that cinemas can reopen from July 4.

Phil Clapp, UK Cinema Association's chief executive, said: ’Today's announcement is hugely welcome not just to cinema operators in England, but also we know to the many regular cinema-goers who can't wait to get back to enjoying the big-screen experience.

’We welcome in particular the acknowledgement implicit in today's statement of the work the sector has undertaken in reassuring ministers that cinemas in England can reopen safely for audiences and staff members alike.

’While discussions with the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland continue, today is undoubtedly a significant step forward for the UK cinema sector’.

’The opening of cinema sites will be made subject to guidelines agreed between the UK Cinema Association and Government officials, to be published shortly’.

These are the new rules you may have to follow when getting a haircut

Hairdressers and barbers are making plans to re-open, but your haircut experience won't be the same as it once was.

They will be allowed to reopen from July 4, the Prime Minister announce today. 

The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) has issued some guidance to businesses making plans to re-open, giving advice on how best to keep customers and staff safe to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

New rules could see you have online consultations before your appointment, to reduce the amount of time you spend in contact with your stylist.

The NHBF has also advised keeping the usual chit-chat to a minimum, to prevent transmission of the virus via infected droplets

Pub manager ‘can’t wait to welcome back’ customers

A pub manager has said he ‘can't wait to reopen’ after government today announced the sector can welcome in customers from July 4.

The Southsea Village pub’s Rodney Watson told The News he had ‘his fingers crossed’ that prime minister Boris Johnson would show the sector the green light, which he now has.

While the pub has been able to offer take-away food and more recently drinks, Mr Watson is hopeful ‘things can start to return to some semblance of normality’.

He said: ‘I can’t wait to reopen.

‘Every day I come into the pub and see it empty I really miss that atmosphere and seeing people enjoying themselves.’ 

Pubs, restaurants and full list of business allowed to reopen from July 4

We’ve pulled together a round up of all the business that are allowed to reopen on July 4, as lockdown is set to be further eased. 

However some things will remain shut - including nightclubs. 

Portsmouth's Mary Rose Museum still in 'mortal peril'

Major museums and other heritage attractions remain in ‘mortal peril’ unless desperate measures are taken by the government to bail them out.

That’s the view of the head of the Mary Rose Museum, who today warned all the cash at the site would ‘run out’ in October if urgent action wasn’t taken.

The warning comes as the prime minister today made an announcement about the re-opening of pubs, cinemas and museums.

Boris Johnson has said he will halve the two-metre social distancing rule to just one, with the changes coming into effect on July 4.

However, Helen Bonser-Wilton, chief executive of the trust that runs the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, said it would be unlikely they would be able to open until August as they would have a huge amount of work to prepare the heritage site for visitors after 12 weeks of closure

Guidance for business to be published later today

Mr Johnson said guidance for business will be published later on Tuesday.

He added: "I know this rule effectively makes life impossible for large parts of our economy even without other restrictions, for example it prevents all but a fraction of our hospitality industry from operating."

He added: "We're today 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 santiser, changing shift patterns so that staff work in set teams."

Every step easing lockdown is 'scrupulously weighed' - PM

The Prime Minister said every step in easing the lockdown is ’scrupulously weighed’

He said: ’We cannot lift all the restrictions at once so we have to make difficult judgments.

’And every step is scrupulously weighed against the evidence.’

He added: ’Our principle is to trust the British public to use their common sense in the full knowledge of the risks, remembering that the more we open up, the more vigilant we will need to be.’

Portsmouth City Council ready to reopen museums when everything is safe

Portsmouth City Council's deputy leader and culture boss, Councillor Steve Pitt, said: 'We have been making preparations so we are ready for the government's decision. But in all these things we never get the detail at the time.

'We will be re-opening the museums but we can't know exactly when that will be because it can only happen once we can be sure we are opening in a Covid safe way.

'It also depends on whether the government advice on the two metre rule changes to one metre - and that will affect the whole of Portsmouth's hospitality sector including restaurants and pubs.

'Also some museum staff have been furloughed so it will take time to get them back and work and briefed on all the Covid safe measures that will need to be in place.'

PM warns of local flare ups

He said that as we have seen in other countries there is likely a chance of local flare-ups of coronavirus to break out . 

Nightclubs to remain shut

If you are craving a night out - unfortunately night clubs will not be allowed to reopen in latest round of lockdown easing

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