PM confirms reduction in social distancing measures
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just announced in Parliament that the two-metre distancing rule will be reduced to one-metre from July 4
It had been expected as the hospitality industry, which is set to resume on the same day, had called for the change to help it get back on its feet.
Mr Johnson, in his House of Commons statement, said: "From the outset we have trusted in the common sense and perseverance of the British people and their response has more than justified our faith.
"Thanks to our progress we can now go further and safely ease the lockdown in England.
"At every stage caution will remain our watch-word and each step will be conditional and reversible.
"Mr Speaker, given the significant fall in the prevalence of the virus we can change the two-metre social distancing rule from the 4th of July.
"I know this rule effectively makes life impossible for large parts of our economy, even without other restrictions, for example, it all but prevents a fraction of our hospitality industry from operating.
"Where it is possible to keep two-metres apart people should, but where it is not we will advise people to keep a social distance of one metre plus, meaning they should remain one-metre apart while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission."