A Road To Reopening?

Welcome back to the Plastic Shop Screens blog where we bring you the latest developments behind our protective counter screens, free standing sneeze guards, sneeze guards for offices and more. In today’s news, 24th of June 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new measures, coming into effect on the 4th of July, as the UK continues to reopen and move out of lockdown.

From the 4th of July the new measures have announced that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open. Following on from the 2 metres, social distancing rule, the government have also announced that the public ought to adhere to the 2 metre rule where possible and that a new 1 metre rule would also be introduced.

What’s more, in England, two households will be able to meet indoors and stay overnight – as long as social distancing is maintained. The new measures see England follow in the steps of other countries across Europe by relaxing social distancing and reopening business. However, the prime minister warned that all the steps were “reversible”.

The government’s chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty, said the relaxation represented a “reasonable balance of risk”.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford and Northern Ireland’s Arlene Foster have said the 2m rule will remain in place in their nations for the time being.

Businesses that have been given the go-ahead to reopen include:

  • Theatres 
  • Cinemas 
  • Libraries 
  • Museums
  • Theme Parks 
  • Zoos

However, indoor gyms, swimming pools, nail bars and indoor play areas will remain closed.

In a statement in the Commons earlier, Mr Johnson said people would be encouraged to use “mitigation” – such as face coverings and not sitting face-to-face – when less than 2m from each other but “where it is possible to keep 2m apart, people should”.

Prof Whitty warned “we will get an uptick” if people did not take such measures seriously.

And Mr Johnson urged people to be vigilant, saying the virus “wants to take advantage of our carelessness”.

The venues listed as being able to reopen include:

  • Pubs, bars and restaurants but only with a table service indoors, and owners will be asked to keep contact details of customers to help with contact tracing
  • Hotels, holiday apartments, campsites and caravan parks but shared facilities must be cleaned properly
  • Theatres and music halls but they will not be allowed to hold live performances
  • In other changes weddings will be allowed to have 30 attendees, and places of worship will be allowed to hold services but singing will be banned
  • Hair salons and barbers will be able to reopen but must have protective measures, such as visors, in place
  • Libraries, community centres and bingo halls
  • Cinemas, museums and galleries
  • Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks, amusement arcades, skating rinks and model villages
  • Indoor attractions where animals are exhibited, such as at zoos, aquariums, farms, safari parks and wildlife centres

PSS would like to wish all businesses the very best for their reopenings. Should you require any assistance in keeping your staff and customers protected contact our team to discuss your requirements via 01928 790209 sales@plasticshopscreens.com.