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No haircuts, pints at pub or cinemas until July 4

PUBS, restaurants and hotels will not be able to open until July 4 at the earliest.

And they must meet Covid-19 safety guidelines before they can welcome paying customers again.

The government also plans to phase and trial the reopening of high-risk businesses, such as hairdressers and cinemas, in July.

It will monitor how easing of guidelines goes worldwide and set up task forces to help industries navigate a way out of lockdown.

But Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), said: ‘Retailers desperately need clarity in the rules, details that are still lacking.’

Insisting ‘safety must be the primary concern’, she added that the BRC and union Usdaw had ‘drawn up social distancing guidance for shops preparing to reopen, having learned from the experiences of supermarkets and other essential retailers who have been doing so successfully’.

Social ‘bubbles’ could help with childcare

PLANS to allow two households to link up in a ‘bubble’ are being considered in a bid to allow social groups and families to reconnect.

Rules set out yesterday stated people should not meet more than one person outside their immediate household and social distancing should be maintained.

But the government is ‘considering a range of options to reduce the most harmful social effects’ of a restrictive lockdown.

One proposal by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) is to let a households link with just one other — allowing, for example, grandparents or caregivers back into the fold. Crossover groups are not permitted.

The idea, based on a New Zealand government model of household ‘bubbles’, is aimed at reducing loneliness and allowing shared childcare while limiting the risk of spreading Covid-19.