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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that they will ease coronavirus lockdown measures in England. “Thanks to our progress, we can go further and safely ease the lockdown,” the PM said. “Caution will remain our watchdog.”

Additional takeaways

“There is only one certainty: the fewer social contacts you have the safer you will be.”

“We cannot lift all the restrictions at once.”

“We will trust the public to use common sense.”

“The more we open up the more vigilant we will need to be.”

“2 households from July 4 will be able to meet in any setting inside or out.”

“We are not recommending meetings of multiple households indoors due to the risks of chains of transmission.”

“We will also reopen restaurants and pubs.”

“All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service.”

“Contacts details will be collected in hospitality.”

“We will reopen hairdressers with the use of visors.”

“From July 4, people will be free to stay overnight in hotels and b&bs, campsites.”

“Each step will be conditional and reversible.”

“We will change the 2-metre distancing rule from July 4.”

“Where it is possible to keep 2 metres apart people should but where not we will advise 1 metre plus apart.”

“We are today publishing guidance on reducing the risks.”

Market reaction

The UK’s FTSE 100 Index stretched higher on this announcement and was last seen gaining 1.4% on the day at 6,331.75 points.