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Lockdown phase 3: What will open on July 4? Full list

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Last Friday the UK’s chief medical officers downgraded the UK’s position on the COVID Alert System. Currently the UK is considered on Level 3 of the scale, meaning localised outbreaks are still likely, but transmission of coronavirus is no longer considered to be “high or rising exponentially”. Boris Johnson is expected to announce changes to the UK lockdown this week, and many businesses are expected to reopen on July 4.

A number of MPs are dubbing July 4 as “Super Saturday”, as it is hoped the date will mark the reopening of a number of sectors.

The PM is currently in discussions with the UK’s chief scientific and medical officers, along with the Cabinet, over whether restrictions can definitely be eased next weekend.

Recent statistics suggest the UK is finally getting the spread of coronavirus under control, prompting many to wonder when the country’s economy will be allowed to start running fully again.

On Monday, June 22, the UK recorded its lowest daily coronavirus cases total since before the lockdown, with 958 cases confirmed.

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The death toll also fell to its lowest number since March 15, with 15 COVID-19 related deaths recorded.

Speaking at the Downing Street briefing on Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The plan is working.

“Infections are falling, the NHS is restoring and the virus is in retreat.

“A month ago around one in 400 people had the virus, now it’s about one in 1,700 – and this means that tomorrow the prime minister will be able to set out the next steps in our plan to ease the national lockdown.”

The Government recently eased lockdown restrictions to allow non-essential shops to reopen from June 15, and further easing of measures are expected to be announced very shortly.

A Number 10 spokesperson said: “The reason we are able to move forward this week is because the vast majority of people have taken steps to contain the virus.

“The more we open up, the more important it is that everyone follows the social distancing rules.

“We will not hesitate to put the handbrake on to stop the virus running out of control.”

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What will reopen on July 4?

The UK’s hospitality and tourism sector is currently closed but is expected to reopen from July 4.

The Government has not yet formally confirmed reopening for these industries on these dates, but it is widely reported confirmation will be coming soon.

Once greenlit, businesses such as pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen.

Museums and cinemas will also be allowed to reopen in this case, with stricter rules such as the implementation of one-way systems and restricted visitor numbers at any one time.

The health and beauty industry has ground to halt during lockdown, so many people will be relieved when hairdressers and nail salons begin to reopen from this date.

It is also likely that the PM will scrap the current two-metre social distancing rule this week.

Many businesses have expressed concerns about reopening while the rule remains in place, as it will significantly reduce the number of people allowed in business premises.

It has been widely touted that the PM will instead replace the two-metre rule with a one-metre rule instead, following the suit of other European countries.

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