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Partial reopening of hospitality industry in early July

Some parts of the hospitality industry could be open from 1st July in what the Prime Minister has announced is phase three of his roadmap to take England out of lockdown.

Boris Johnson, who spoke in a recorded interview this evening, stressed that if the R was kept down, he hopes to reopen at least some hospitality industry and public places from early July, providing they are safe and they enforce social distancing.

Announcing his three-step plan, which starts tomorrow with the relaxation of rules on exercising and on staff going back to work if they cannot work from home, Boris said: "This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week. Instead we are taking the first steps to modify our measures."

Phase two of the lockdown easing will begin next month with primary students going back to school and some shops re-opening.

Also announced was new guidance for workplaces to ensure they are covid secure and that employees are safe at work.

Boris added: "Throughout this period of the next two months we will be driven not by mere hope or economic necessity.

"We are going to be driven by the science, the data and public health.

"And I must stress again that all of this is conditional, it all depends on a series of big 'ifs'. It depends on all of us – the entire country – to follow the advice, to observe social distancing, and to keep that R down."

More details will be announced in Parliament tomorrow.

The easing of restrictions in England is in contrast to what is happening in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where the lockdown measures have been extended for a further three weeks.

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