3 Jul 2020

Johnson says ‘not out of woods yet’ as pubs and restaurants in England prepare to reopen

“We are not out of the woods yet.”

That is the message from the Prime Minister ahead of the moment when pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be allowed to reopen tomorrow.

There will still be restrictions to ensure people maintain social distancing, and the rules vary across the nations.

Today Northern Irish pubs and bars are opening, but you can only have a drink inside if you are eating a meal. From Monday, Scottish venues with outside space will be allowed to open and indoor venues will reopen on 15 July.

Nearly 70,000 people work in the hospitality industry in Wales – where pubs and restaurants with outdoor space can open from 13 July, as long as the number of cases of Covid 19 is continuing to fall.

Tonight there was a stark warning from the Chief Medical Officer – if people and businesses don’t stick to social distancing rules, there’s a real risk of a second wave.

We have been to Stratford-upon-Avon to find out how they feel about this gradual opening up.