Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will not open until July 4 at ‘the earliest’, says Raab


The Foreign Secretary this morning confirmed those hoping for a visit would have to wait until the third stage of the Government’s new three-phase plan.

Dominic Raab revealed hairdressers, pubs and restaurants won’t open til July 4 at the earliest

Appearing on Sky News, Mr Raab dashed the hopes of Brits desperate for a haircut or pint in a bar.

He said: “I just don’t think we are ready yet, given where we are with the virus.

“There are three steps, there’s the modest changes we are announcing which will take effect from Wednesday.

“There’s the other changes for things like non-essential retail, and people going back to school, particularly primary school, which won’t start until the earliest on June 1 – subject to conditions.

“From 4 July, at the earliest, we’ll look at other sectors and that will include hospitality, but it will also include personal care and people like hairdressers.

“Obviously the proximity in those two sectors is something where we don’t think we’re ready yet, given where we are with the virus.”

Boris Johnson last night laid out the “first careful steps” of easing the coronavirus lockdown as part of a three-phase plan to get back to normal life.

In an address to the nation he revealed a detailed roadmap of how to get Britain back on its feet, but still keep the deadly virus under control.


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