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Pubs in England are able to open from 6am on 4 July, after being closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In order to prevent pints from being served immediately after midnight tonight, it has now been announced that pubs will be able to open from early Saturday morning - although of course, this doesn't mean that any have to.
As reported by the Press Association, the government's official spokesperson told a press conference that although many rules around easing of lockdown come into place from 12.01am, pubs will not be able to serve until the next morning.
The spokesman said: "Those regulations mostly come into force at 12.01am on Saturday July 4.
"The reopening of pubs and bars specifically comes into force at 6am. That would just be in the event anybody would attempt to try to open at midnight."
Other rules were also clarified by Downing Street.
When asked if there was a limit on the amount of time people can spend in pubs, the spokesman said: "It's not part of the regulations, as I understand it. Pubs, and restaurants in particular, as I'm sure lots of us will know, do sometimes put limits on the amount of time you can have a table for, for example."
However, it was confirmed that the two-household limit will still stand for groups of people visiting pubs and restaurants.
And when it comes to other forms of nightlife - largely clubs, gigs and festivals - the rules are still not flexible enough to allow music events to restart.
The same goes for other indoor places, including nail bars and salons, indoor play areas, gyms, conference centres and exhibition halls.
New regulations mean that a maximum of 30 people can gather at home and in outdoor spaces that are not classed as 'Covid-secure'.
The health protection measures were signed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock tday and will be published this afternoon, according to No. 10.
JD Wetherspoon, one of the country's biggest pub chains, gave more insight into the changes for customers visiting from tomorrow.
The budget chain has reportedly spent £11 million on bringing its drinking holes up to scratch so that they can operate safely within the guidelines set out by the government.
It includes a limit on the number of people allowed in pubs at any one time. Groups cannot contain more than six people and they must be from a maximum of two households. There will also be extra hygiene measures, including hand sanitiser, contactless payment via apps, and disposable menus.
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