Boris Johnson on Tuesday confirmed that pubs and other leisure businesses can re-open from 4 July, as the UK prime minister relaxed social distancing rules from 2 metres to one metre.
In a statement to Parliament on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said pubs and restaurants would be allowed to reopen with new health and safety restrictions from next month. Hairdressers and nail bars will also be allowed to reopen.
“All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service and our guidance will encourage minimal contact between staff and customers,” Johnson said.
Shares in Wagamama owner The Restaurant Group climbed by 7% and movie theatre chain Cineworld rose 7.5%.
Pubs stocks were already rising ahead of the official announcement, which was leaked to the press overnight. Marston’s was up 5%, JD Wetherspoon rose 5.4%, All Bar One-owner Mitchells & Butlers was up 6% and Young & Co’s Brewing jumped 9.8%.
Pubs are likely to look very different when they do reopen. Health secretary Matt Hancock said over the weekend that government was “looking at” requiring publicans to take the details of all pub-goers as part of contact tracing measures. The chief executive of pub group Marston’s said the proposal were “bonkers”..