June 10, 2020 / 11:55 AM / 22 days ago

Johnson says we want to reopen hospitality quickly, but not before July 4

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 10, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday the government wanted to reopen the country’s hospitality industry, shuttered by the coronavirus lockdown, as quickly as possible, although not before the planned date of July 4.

“We are sticking to our plan,” Johnson told parliament, saying guidance for the industry was being developed but there were continuing risks and they did not want to see a “bacchanalian” mass of people who could spread the disease.

Johnson said Britain was now getting the virus under control and as the number of cases fell, the government would keep under review its rule that people should maintain a 2-metre social distance.

Reporting by Michael Holden and Elizabeth Piper; editing by Kate Holton

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