The Prime Minister is expected to make an announcement on the new rule on Tuesday. Under the “one metre plus” plan, which would start from July 4, people would keep one metre away from others if they take additional measures such as wearing face masks or meeting outside.
Restaurants, pubs and bars would use partitions between tables that are less than two metres apart as part of the rule, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
Mr Johnson has been under mounting pressure to abandon the current two-metre social distancing rule amid warnings many businesses would not survive with the restriction in place.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak dropped a huge hint the two-metre rule would be relaxed in England as he visited shops in North Yorkshire on Saturday.
He said the outcome of a review by the Prime Minister into the social distancing measure would be “announced this week”, adding: “Obviously that’s something that will make an enormous difference I think to many businesses who are keen to see a change.”
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7.40am update: Australian state hit by spike in coronavirus cases
Victoria has extended its state of emergency until July 19 after a spike in coronavirus cases.
The state reported 19 new infections on Sunday, the fifth day of double-digit rises.
The surge in Victoria comes as other states have recorded few new cases for several weeks.
7.30pm update: Spain to welcome Britons without quarantine
Britons will be welcomed to Spain from today without the need to quarantine, the country’s foreign minister has said.
But anyone returning to the UK would still need to quarantine for 14 days under the Government’s rules for arrivals into Britain.
Foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told BBC News: “We will allow British visitors to enter Spain just like the rest of the EU as from June 21 freely and without the need for a quarantine.
“We’re discussing with the UK authorities to see if they would do the same on their side, we nevertheless are doing this out of respect for the 400,000 British citizens that have a second residence in Spain and are dying to benefit from their homes in our country.
“We do hope they (the UK Government) will be sensitive to the 250,000 Spaniards that are also living in the UK and would like to enter the UK without a quarantine.”