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Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers in Surrey and Hampshire can soon reopen

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Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers in Surrey and Hampshire can soon reopen

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:06pm 23rd June 2020. (Updated at 3:17pm 23rd June 2020)

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers in Surrey and Hampshire will be able to welcome customers again from 4 July. 

It is among a string of announcements the Prime Minister's made about easing lockdown measures.

He also says hotels, playgrounds and tourist attractions can re-open a week on Saturday - and people from two households will be allowed to meet indoors.

He also told MPs people should stick to 2 metre social distancing - if possible.

Indoor gyms, swimming pools, spas and bowling alleys will remain closed.

One of the pubs looking forward to reopening is The Holroyd Arms in Guildford.

Manager and promoter of Suburbs at The Holroyd, Andrew Hamilton, told Eagle Radio they have spent lockdown carrying out works inside the pub to enable social distancing, including moving the bar and knocking down walls:

"With the guidance we received before, it was all about pinch areas where you need to get past without touching other people.

"We've had to rectify that, so now it's just a big open bar.

"So we'll be able to get more tables in with seating, so we can operate at a reasonable capacity.

"I've been 12 or 13 years now in the pub trade in Guildford and so we constantly have people around us and that's what we're used to.

"So it'll be great to get it all back up and running."

But, he said they are awaiting further guidance from the Government as it is "a bit unclear" surrounding opening outdoor areas and hosting live music events.