PM Johnson: Don't let pub reopenings go to your head

On Tuesday (June 23), Johnson said pubs, restaurants and hotels could reopen in England from July 4, easing the coronavirus lockdown that has all but shut the economy since the middle of March.

The government will relax its social distancing rules so that drinkers need to stay one metre apart instead of two - something pubs and the hospitality trade have lobbied hard for so they can get more customers through their doors.

Visitors to pubs will have to provide their contact details, although exact guidelines have yet to be published.

“I want to see bustle, I want to see activity, but let’s be absolutely clear that I also want to see everybody being careful: stay alert and follow the guidance,” Johnson said.