The Government has delayed Step 4 of its lockdown roadmap - but what does that mean for bars, restaurants and cinemas?
The Prime Minister addressed the nation this evening to announce the delay, during which he said he wanted to give the NHS more time to vaccinate people.
Step 4 had been provisionally set for June 21 and was supposed to see all legal limits on social contact removed, limits on weddings and other life events lifted and businesses such as nightclubs allowed to reopen. Theatres were also expecting to be permitted to host larger performances.
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However, after coronavirus cases and concerns about the Delta variant increased there have recently been calls to push the date back in order to allow time for more people to get vaccinated.
From Downing Street this evening, the Prime Minister confirmed that the final easing of restrictions will now not go ahead until July 19, though the limit on the number of guests at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be lifted.
This means that nightclubs across the country will now be unable to open from June 21 as expected, but instead will spend an additional four weeks with their doors closed.
But what does this all mean for businesses such as bars, restaurants, cinemas and theatres? Little is expected to change when it comes to venues that are already open, with many things staying the same as they have been since Step 3 began on May 17.
Hospitality venues hoping to relax measures for customers, and increase the number of people allowed inside will have to wait a while longer.
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With the Step 4 of the roadmap now pushed back, bars, restaurants, cinemas and theatres can still remain open, providing that social distancing measures stay in place and customers are served via table service.
Face mask rules are not expected to change at this stage and the 'rule of six' is also expected to stay in force while cases remain high.
Under current rules, six people are allowed to meet indoors - such as in a pub, restaurant or private residence.
A total of 30 people are allowed to gather outside.
Nightclubs will now not be allowed to reopen until July 19, subject to a two week review.
You can follow our live coverage of Boris Johnson's announcements here .