UK's finance minister hints relaxed 2-meter rule

The UK's government is poised to relax England's two-meter social distancing rule, finance minister Rishi Sunak signaled on Saturday.

Businesses have said the rule in its current form would slow their recovery from the lockdown unless changed.

Sunak said he understood how it was affecting the financial stability of pubs, restaurants and other hospitality firms.

Britain's retail sector has already been allowed to re-open.

"Well the outcome of the two-meter rule review will be announced next week and I am pleased to confirm that, and of course I understand the calls from businesses like pubs and restaurants to review the rule, I know the impact it has on their ability to open and keep their staff employed and serve us all..we all want to see our pubs and our restaurants spring back to life in the same way, we are now seeing our high streets spring back to life."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will do everything he can to get the country back to normal as soon as possible - without risking lives.

The review of the two-meter rule will apply to England only as Britain's devolved nations have their own powers over health rules.

Johnson, who says the government has followed scientific advice in its approach to the lockdown, has to balance the need to revive the economy after its 20% collapse in April without allowing a resurgence in cases.