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Coronavirus: New advice for businesses in England on how to reopen safely

Coronavirus: New advice for businesses in England on how to reopen safely
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Updated guidance has been published on how hairdressers, hotels, pubs and other businesses in England can reopen safely from 4 July.

It includes advice to reconfigure seating, minimise self-service, cancel live acts and stagger arrivals.

Customers will be urged to book in advance, order online or through apps and not to lean on counters.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced sweeping changes to England s lockdown, including a relaxing of the 2m rule.

Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers are among the venues which will be allowed to reopen in ten days time.

The updated government guidance includes some general advice for all businesses as well as guidance for specific sectors.

Businesses are advised to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to ensure the safety of their workplace and also develop cleaning and hygiene procedures.

Guidance for close contact services such as hairdressers says employees should wear a visor where it is not possible to maintain distance and customers could also be separated from each other by screens.

Places like pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers are asked to keep a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days, to support the test and trace system .

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Media captionBoris Johnson is cheered as he announces English pubs can reopen from 4 July

In the biggest easing of lockdown yet, Mr Johnson also said the 2m social-distancing rule will be replaced with a "one-metre plus" rule.

This means people should stay at least 2m (6ft) apart where possible, but otherwise should remain at least 1m apart while taking steps to reduce the risk of transmission, such as wearing face coverings.

The 2m rule will remain in Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland, .

Announcing the changes on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said the following venues will be able to reopen from 4 July:

Some other venues will remain closed by law, including nightclubs, casinos, indoor play areas, nail bars and beauty salons, swimming pools and indoor gyms.

It comes as struggling retailers must pay their quarterly rent to landlords on Wednesday.

The latest figures show a further 171 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, taking the total to 42,927.

From 4 July, Mr Johnson also said two households in England will be able to meet indoors and stay overnight - with social distancing.

The meeting of households will not be exclusive so, for example, one set of grandparents could see their relatives one weekend, and the other set of grandparents the next.

But, unlike the bubble system , people will have to maintain social distance - so family members who live apart will not be able to hug.

At Tuesday s the government s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and the chief medical officer for England Professor Chris Whitty stressed Mr Johnson s plan was not "risk-free".
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