Boris Johnson tonight dramatically unwound the coronavirus lockdown to bring the country out of ‘hibernation’ – with a return for pubs, haircuts and weddings and family and friends getting the green light to meet up indoors for the first time in months. The PM said he wanted to ‘make life easier’ after an ‘incredibly tough time’ with bars, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers in England able to get back up and running from July 4 – dubbed ‘Super Saturday’. Taking the Downing Street briefing this evening, he announced that the social distancing rule is being halved to ‘one metre plus’ to free up thousands of business, with precautions such as face masks deployed to make sure the risks of transmission stay ‘broadly’ the same. Mr Johnson insisted the overhaul has been approved by medical chief Chris Whitty and science chief Patrick Vallance – who flanked him inside No10 this evening. But both advisors struck more cautious tones as they answered questions alongside the Prime Minister. Prof Whitty cautioned: ‘We will be in for really quite a long haul.’ In a stark message, he explained:’If people hear a distorted version of what’s being said, that says ”this is all fine now, it’s… Read full this story
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