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Pubs will be allowed to reopen in from July 4 - but you may be asked for more than just your ID at the door.

That's because Prime Minister Boris Johnson is asking businesses to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by "collecting contact details from customers".

Today (Tuesday, June 23), Mr Johnson confirmed pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen from July 4.

The two metre rule will also be dropped in favour of a "one metre plus" rule.

Outdoor gyms, theme parks and libraries are all able to open but close contact venues such as nightclubs and indoor gyms must remain closed for now.

But businesses which are allowed to reopen are being asked to take down the details of their customers - to prevent further outbreaks of COVID-19.

Boris Johnson said: "I can tell the House that we will also reopen restaurants and pubs. All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service and our guidance will encourage minimal staff and customer contact.

"We will ask businesses to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by collecting contact details from customers as happens in other countries and we will work with the sector to make this manageable."

When asked whether staff should take customers' contact details so they can be told if someone nearby later tests positive for the virus, Mr Johnson said businesses should be encouraged to take the names of customers.

He said: "I do think that is something that people get and as far as possible we want people to do that and we want businesses to comply with that.

"I believe it is very, very important for our ability to track back and stop outbreaks happening."


Comment: It's so nice to hear that Big Brother is coming for such a good and noble reason.


Mr Johnson said he also wanted people "to take advantage of the freedoms that they are rightly reacquiring" but he "must stress that people should act in a responsible way".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the track and trace app will be in action "as soon as possible".

Labour MP Lillian Greenwood said: "As more people return to work, start to travel on public transport, perhaps even go to pubs, cafes, hairdressers, albeit keeping their distance, the ability to trace contact with people we don't know will become much more important.

"(Mr Hancock) initially said that the app would be rolled out in mid-May, it's now nearly the end of June. When are we actually going to see the app in action?"

Mr Hancock responded: "Well obviously as soon as possible. All I'd say is I agree very strongly with her (Ms Greenwood) about what she said in her question about the importance of contact tracing

"And the test and trace programme is one of the largest of its kind to ensure that as we do manage to lift national measures, which we can because the disease is clearly under control and the number of cases are coming down, and we then can respond to local action."