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Big step as pubs and other attractions get go ahead to open

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can open from Saturday 4 July when social distancing rules will be eased slightly.

Alongside traditional hospitality, cinemas, museums and art galleries and hotels will be allowed to re-open in Newbury next month too.

Boris Johnson said: "In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres."

Last night at a Newbury Town Council meeting, it was revealed that licences for pubs and restaurants to serve customers outside will be available on a three month basis and that no licences for outlets next to each other would be granted.

While its good news for some, “close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling alleys and spas will need to remain closed for now.

From Saturday 4 July, the Prime Minister has also set out that two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites.

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