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England is ‘clearly on track’ to reopen pubs and restaurants next month

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said on Sunday that England is “clearly on track” for further easing of the lockdown.

Hancock said this week the government will be planning next steps to hopefully reopen hairdressers, pubs and restaurants as early as 4 July.

He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday that it is looking increasingly likely the two-metre rule could be reduced with people wearing face coverings to prevent a second wave of the virus.

Hancock told Ridge, “We’re clearly on track for that plan because (of) the number of cases coming down, and the plan does refer to hospitality and some of the other things that are closed that so many people want to see open.”

He acknowled that “a lot of the country does need a haircut”, and he will “not going to rule out” hairdressers and barbers also being able to reopen on 4 July.

Hancock told the Andrew Marr Show the government will announce the results of a review into the two-metre rule, and the next step for the lockdown, later this week.

He told Marr, “I think we are about to see another step in the plan and this week we will announce further details of the measures that we can take to relieve some of the national lockdown measures at the start of July including on 4 July.

“We’re going to set out those details absolutely this week.”




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