Prime Minister's Statement

Following Boris Johnson’s speech in the House of Commons this afternoon, please see below a summary of the new measures applicable from 4 July 2020.

Please note these measures apply to England only.


  • They do not currently think there is a high risk of a second wave
  • “Caution will remain our watchword and every stage is conditional and reversable”
  • The 2m social distancing guidance will be reduced to 1m from 4 July
  • People should remain at least one metre apart. The fewer social contacts you have, the safer you will be.
  • The Government will publish guidance for business later today. This will involve providing hygiene facilities, changing shift and seating patterns etc.
  • A summary of the review on social distancing guidance will be published this week
  • They will be advising people to follow guidance rather than legislation.
  • Two households from 4 July can meet in any settings inside. They do not need to be the same two households each time. But they are not recommending multiple meetings of multiple households indoors.
  • One household will be able to stay overnight at another
  • Outside the guidance remains that people can meet in groups of up to 6.
  • All guidance – for pubs, restaurants etc – will allow for table service
  • Hospitality will be required to collect contact details from customers
  • Schools in England will be reopening in September for primary and secondary school pupils in full

From 4 July the following would be permitting to open if they are Covid secure (the full list is taken from briefing given to the media):

  • Hotels, hostels bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses
  • Places of Worship (Weddings of up to 30 people allowed – providing social distancing)
  • Libraries
  • Community Centres
  • Restaurants, Cafes and Workplace Canteens
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Cinemas
  • Bingo Halls
  • Theatres and concert halls [guidance dictates no live performances]
  • Museums and galleries
  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Funfairs,  theme parks and adventure parks and activities
  • Amusement arcades
  • Outdoor skating rinks
  • Other indoor leisure centres or facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
  • Social Clubs
  • Model villages
  • Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction

The following would be/remain closed by law:

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor play areas including soft-play
  • Spas
  • Nail bars (to be reopened when they can be in a secure way)
  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • Swimming pools and water parks
  • Exhibition or Conference Centres – where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue.