Pubs, hairdressers and cinemas will only reopen if UK passes five tests

THE government has revealed that pubs, hairdressers and cinemas will only be allowed to reopen once the UK passes five tests.

The businesses were all forced to close in March due to the coronavirus lockdown, but work is now underway to help them safely reopen.

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The government has confirmed Dominic Raab's announcement that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will not open until July 4 at "the earliest".

It means those hoping for a visit will have to wait until the third stage of the government's new three-phase plan.

This will also be subject to the five tests listed below, the government said in its 50-page plan today.

To accomplish it, the government has revealed new Covid-19 secure guidelines.

What are the five tests?

BELOW we explain all you need to know.

  1. NHS capacity to provide critical care and specialist treatment
  2. Sustained and consistent fall in daily deaths
  3. Rate of infection decreasing to manageable levels
  4. Enough testing and PPE capacity to be able to meet future demand
  5. Confident a change in lockdown measures won't spark a second wave of coronavirus cases

These mean that venues, including cinemas, hairdressers and pubs must ensure that:

  • Individuals are able to keep their distance from people outside of their households,
  • They're reducing the risk of transmission by limiting the number of people that individuals come into contact with,
  • Changing shift patterns to reduce the number of people in the office at one time,
  • Workspaces are well-ventilated

To safely reopen pubs, cinemas and hairdressers, the government will introduce pilot reopenings in order to test the social distancing guidelines.

Venues that are naturally crowded and where it would be hard to practice social distancing will have to remain closed until it's safe enough to reopen them.

Ministers have previously feared hairdressers will have to remain shut for six more months, as scientists have found no safe way for salons to reopen.

Today's plan by the government also revealed the rules workplaces will have to follow when staff go back to offices.

It also specifies guidelines for non-essential shops if they want to reopen in June.

Under the changes, businesses including food prep and construction can now go back to work.


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