Cinemas, museums and galleries will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Tuesday as he outlines a further easing of coronavirus restrictions. Venues closed since the middle of March will be able to welcome visitors as long as safety measures are in place. The PM is also due to set out how pubs can safely reopen following a review of the 2m distancing rule. Mr Johnson is expected to say the 2m (6ft 6in) social distancing rule will be reduced to 1m (3ft 3in) from 4 July, with some mitigating measures. This will enable many pubs, restaurants, hotels and B&Bs to reopen for the first time in more than three months.
Britain's car industry is calling for a package of support measures including VAT cuts as it claims one in six jobs in the sector are at risk due to the coronavirus crisis. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that with a third of workers still furloughed - and government subsidies for those temporarily laid off due to end in the autumn - there is a "critical need" for help. More than 6,000 job cuts have been announced in the sector in June. Factories shut down in March as the lockdown began and though some have now reopened, many are operating at reduced output, while some remain shut.
The UK has recorded its lowest number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases - 958 - since the lockdown began. The number of daily virus deaths also fell to 15, the lowest figure since 15 March, the day before the government began its daily televised briefings. Across the nations in the past 24 hours, there were no deaths from coronavirus in Scotland or Northern Ireland, and only one in Wales. The official total number of deaths in the UK from coronavirus, among those who tested positive, stands at 42,647, across all settings.
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