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Pubs reopening: Customers hit with MAJOR change to pub rules on Super Saturday

Under the new rules, only one person within the group of friends or relatives will have to provide their contact details. However, the lead person will have to say how many people are in the group.

The previous guidelines stated that pubs would have to keep record of all of their guests for 21 days after their visit.

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced the move back in June.

Mr Hancock said: “That is the sort of thing that we are looking at for how you make it safe to open things.

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“There are all sorts of mitigations you can put in place to be physically closer than two metres, but not have the transmission of the virus or the risk of the transmission that you would otherwise have.”

Customers hit with major change to pub rules on Super Saturday (Image: Getty)

It was announced around the same time as it was revealed air bridges would come into force from July 4.

At the time, a senior Government source said: “The Prime Minister will make it clear that we are trying to get back to as normal as possible – being able to do all the things you could do before – but in a Covid-secure way, so it will be a new normal.

“Changing the 2m rule to 1m-plus will be the key to opening up lots of things that have been in lockdown until now. It will mean you can go for a meal with someone from outside your own household, for example.

“The hope is that with test and trace now in place, we will be able to open up the economy and any re-introduction of lockdown measures will be much more targeted, so that we avoid the need for another national lockdown.

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The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced the move back in June (Image: Getty)

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“People are already very used to a lot of these rules and a lot of this stuff is becoming second nature, like keeping your distance, wearing face coverings and using hand sanitiser when you go into a shop.”

The changes to the previously announces guidance come ahead of a widespread reopening of hospitality venues on Saturday.

The new guidance states that the name of the visitor should be recorded by the venue.

It adds: “If there is more than one person, then you can record the name of the ‘lead member’ of the group and the number of people in the group.”

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The new guidance states that the name of the visitor should be recorded by the venue (Image: Getty)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to hold a Downing Street press briefing on Friday ahead of the lockdown relaxation across much of the UK.

When the easing was first announced, Mr Johnson said “our long, national hibernation is coming to an end” and “life is returning to our streets”.

The prime minister’s spokesman said: “We do want people to be able to enjoy themselves but at the same time, now we have got coronavirus under control we need to keep it under control.

“The guidance is there, we want people to follow it and then we can make more progress together in the fight against coronavirus.

“The PM has said that it is important that people don’t overdo it.”

Table service will take preference to avoid sharing surfaces (Image: Getty)

The Treasury’s Twitter account posted a tweet which encouraged people to “grab a drink and raise a glass, pubs are reopening their doors from July 4”.

The post was later deleted after it drew criticism.

But visits to the pub will not be the same as they used to before the strict lockdown was implemented in March.

Customers will not be allowed to stand by the bar as table service will take preference to avoid sharing surfaces.

The rules released last Wednesday also include curbs on live performances in front of a live audience.

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