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“Enjoy summer safely” says Boris Johnson as lockdown eased in England

BBC, 04 Jul 2020
Boris Johnson has urged the public to "enjoy summer safely," as the coronavirus lockdown is eased for England's hospitality sector.

Pubs and restaurants, as well as hairdressers are among the businesses that are reopening for the first time in months. But speaking at the Downing Street news conference, the Prime Minister warned "we aren't out of the woods yet”. The Prime Minister said he "wouldn't hesitate" to reverse the relaxation of lockdown measures, if the rate of infections began to climb.

England's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said the virus "is a long way from gone”. He warned that easing the lockdown “was not a risk free step” and he urged the public to continue to follow social distancing rules.

In Northern Ireland, pubs, restaurants and hotels have been welcoming back customers today, the first of the home nations in the UK to do so, after being closed for months. Drinks can be served at tables indoors but only with food, and tourist attractions like museums and galleries, are also re-opening.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Political Correspondent Alex Forsyth, Business Editor Simon Jack and Ireland Correpondent Emma Vardy.

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