UK lockdown rules July 4 – what can we do from Super Saturday Independence Day?

FROM July 4 non-essential businesses will reopen to the public after three months of being shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The day has been dubbed Super Saturday or the UK's Independence Day, but what are the new rules from July 4?

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What are the new lockdown rules from July 4?

As businesses reopen from July 4, there are a number of rules that they will have to adhere to in order to keep staff and customers safe.

Below are the rules you should keep in mind.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

The PM announced that the two-metre rule would be reduced to "1 metre plus" in England meaning people should stay 2 metres away where possible – or stay 1 metre away and have other measures such as face masks to help lower the risk.

CINEMAS

Cinemas in England will be able to reopen on July 4.

Leisure facilities had been listed as hoped to reopen on that date, with cinemas explicitly being named in the 50-page government plan revealed in May.

In the plan, the government said: "The ambition at this step is to open at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close."

It added: "They should also meet the Covid-19 Secure guidelines."

Cinemas will be spaced out, with separate households keeping seats free between them.

The UK's biggest cinema chains have also announced their own plans to reopen their screens for the first time since March in July.

Some drive-in cinemas where you can sit in your car to watch a movie have already reopened.

RELIGION/PLACES OF WORSHIP

From July 4, many places of worship will be open.

Mr Johnson said: "I know that many have mourned the closure of places of worship.

"This year, Easter, Passover and Eid all occurred during the lockdown.    

"So I am delighted that places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services."

WEDDINGS

Weddings will be able to restart from July – but they won't be quite the same and people will only be allowed 30 guests at the ceremony.

PEOPLE SHIELDING

Millions of people shielding in England will be advised to spend more time outside of their homes from July 6.

According to the government website, people shielding from the virus can meet up in groups of up to six people outdoors and form a "support bubble".

The shielding support package will last until the end of July when people will no longer have to shield from the virus.

In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP government will decide when changes are made for shielders north of the border.

Last week, the First Minister announced that 180,000 shielding Scots will have to stay in isolation until July 31.

Two households in Wales will be able to form one "extended household" to meet indoors and stay overnight from next Monday, the Welsh Government has said.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said it means grandparents "will be able to see and hold their grandchildren again".

People shielding can also be included but the first minister warned that if they join an extended household it "will increase their risk of being exposed" to coronavirus.

CAMPING

Campers can rejoice as campsites will be able to open from July 4 – as long as communal spaces remain clean and safe.

For the first time since March, those in need of a holiday will be allowed to leave their homes and stay overnight as the hospitality industry prepares to kick back into action.

Campsites, along with caravan parks, hotels, B&Bs and holiday lets are to reopen from July 4 and people will be allowed to travel to their second homes to stay overnight.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement today: "From July 4, people will be free to stay overnight in contained accommodation, including hotels, B&Bs, including campsites, as long as shared facilities are kept clean."

This includes one other household, meaning two households will be able to go on holiday together.

PUBS AND RESTAURANTS

Venues and being encouraged to be table-service only, and have guests order drinks and food through an app where possible.

The guidance said: "Indoor table service must be used where possible.

"Outdoor table service should also be encouraged though customers are permitted to stand outside if distanced appropriately."

While both pubs and sports matches will have returned, Brits won't be able to do both at the same time.

To discourage large groups of people coming together and yelling at TV screens or each other, broadcasts have been banned.

Loud music will also be banned to stop people having to shout to be heard by their friends.

Live music and performances won't be allowed to continue under the new plans.

The guidance warns venues they "should not permit live performances, including drama, comedy and music, to take place in front of a live audience".

Venues are being encouraged to use disposable condiment packets where possible to limit the spread of germs via surfaces.

Otherwise bottles need to be cleaned thoroughly after each use.

Cutlery won't be laid out on tables unless people order food either.

The guidance says businesses should help the NHS Test and Trace system by keeping a registry of patrons' contact details for at least 21 days in case of an outbreak.

Venues are told to "assist (NHS Test and Trace) by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed.

This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.

Pubs and restaurants will have to reduce the number of people in venues at any one time to allow for social distancing – but also to discourage public transport use.

The new rules will ban groups of more than 30 people to form.

Toilets which have been closed throughout the coronavirus crisis will reopen in pubs, restaurants and public places.

But they will have to be subject to strict hygiene restrictions and extra cleaning.

Venues are encouraged to use hand sanitiser where entering.

LIBRARIES

Libraries will reopen from July 4 with people advised to follow social distancing measures.

The government hasn't specified how staff and visitors will stay safe in libraries just yet.

However, reopening will happen in phases based on public health guidance and risk management.

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