Boris Johnson: 'Good chance' social distancing rules end June 21

Boris Johnson reveals there is a 'good chance' current social distancing rules will be SCRAPPED on June 21 as hospitality bosses say a return to unrestricted trading is 'critical' to help pubs and bars 'come off life support' Boris Johnson said there is 'good chance' current social distancing rules will end Prime Minister said one metre plus rule could be 'dispensed with' from June 21 Came as hospitality bosses said unrestricted trading 'critical' for pubs to recover

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 14:00 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 14:05 BST, 3 May 2021

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Boris Johnson today revealed there is a 'good chance' that current social distancing rules will be scrapped on June 21. 

The Prime Minister said he hopes it will be possible to axe the existing one-metre plus rule when the nation reaches the final step in his lockdown exit roadmap. 

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His comments came as hospitality bosses said a return to unrestricted trading is 'critical' and will mean that pubs, bars and restaurants can 'come off life support'. 

Ditching the one-metre plus rule will allow hospitality venues as well as places like theatres to open at full capacity for the first time in more than a year. 

It was reported overnight that one-way systems, screens and mask-wearing while moving around could remain in place in hospitality settings beyond June 21 but customer numbers will no longer be limited. 

Audiences in theatres and cinemas will have to wear face coverings during performances, while there will be strict guidance on ventilation and staggered entry, according to The Times. 

Boris Johnson today revealed there is a 'good chance' that current social distancing rules will be scrapped on June 21

Boris Johnson today revealed there is a 'good chance' that current social distancing rules will be scrapped on June 21

Hospitality bosses said a return to unrestricted trading from June 21 is 'critical' and will mean that pubs, bars and restaurants can 'come off life support'

Hospitality bosses said a return to unrestricted trading from June 21 is 'critical' and will mean that pubs, bars and restaurants can 'come off life support'

Speaking during a visit to Hartlepool, Mr Johnson said: 'As things stand, and the way things are going, with the vaccine rollout going the way that it is – we have done 50 million jabs as I speak to you today, quarter of the adult population, one in four have had two jabs.

'You are seeing the results of that really starting to show up in the epidemiology.

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'I think that we will be able to go ahead, feels like May 17 is going to be good.

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