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Author: Julie Jarvis

Published date: 2020/06


Pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England, when social distancing rules will be eased.

All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service, and contact between staff and customers will be limited. 

Customers will also have to give contact details when they enter a pub or restaurant. 

Holiday accommodation - including hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks - can also reopen, and people in England will be free to stay away from home overnight for the first time since lockdown began in March. 

What else will reopen?

  • More outdoor spaces will open if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and children's playgrounds

  • Hairdressers will be able to reopen, as long as they take precautions. Other close-contact services such as nail bars will not yet open, but the prime minister said they would be able to open "as soon as we're confident they can operate safely"

  • Libraries, community centres, bingo halls, cinemas, museums and galleries will be able to open, along with funfairs and theme parks, amusement arcades, outdoor skating rinks, indoor leisure centres, social clubs and model villages

  • Places of worship will be able to open for prayers and services, and weddings with up to 30 guests

  • Theatres and concert halls will be able to open, but with no live performances

What will remain closed?

  • Nightclubs and casinos remain closed, along with bowling alleys, spas, swimming pools and indoor soft play centres

Help is at hand 

Our Ensuring a COVID-Secure Workplace blog series and accompanying guide aims to deliver the latest findings and insights to help employers safely reopen their doors. While every business will face their own unique challenges, we hope the series will go some way in helping you get back up and running safely.