Date pubs, bars and restaurants could reopen confirmed

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening laid out a plan for when pubs, bars and restaurants may be able to reopen from the lockdown restrictions currently in place.

In a wide-ranging speech, the PM announced changes for work, exercise, schools and other key aspects of life.

It has always been thought that hospitality businesses like pubs and restaurants will be the latest to reopen, because it is feared the virus can spread more in those settings.

But Mr Johnson did give an indication of when these businesses, which have been devastated by the lockdown, could at least begin to reopen.

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In what he called Step 3 of his plan, he said: "And step three – at the earliest by July – and subject to all these conditions and further scientific advice; if and only if the numbers support it, we will hope to re-open at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing."

Throughout his speech this evening the Prime Minister was very careful to repeat that any of the potential easings of the lockdown could be immediately reversed if the infection rates rise again to dangerous levels.

He said this will be monitoried by a new Covid Alert System.

Explaining the new system, he said: "hat Covid Alert Level will be determined primarily by R and the number of coronavirus cases.

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"And in turn that Covid Alert Level will tell us how tough we have to be in our social distancing measures – the lower the level the fewer the measures.

"The higher the level, the tougher and stricter we will have to be.

"There will be five alert levels.

"Level One means the disease is no longer present in the UK and Level Five is the most critical – the kind of situation we could have had if the NHS had been overwhelmed.

"Over the period of the lockdown we have been in Level Four, and it is thanks to your sacrifice we are now in a position to begin to move in steps to Level Three.

"And as we go everyone will have a role to play in keeping the R down."