The UK could see some cafes and restaurants starting to re-open in July - but there's bad news for pubs.

Boris Johnson addressed the nation in a statement this evening and said he hoped to re-open at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places - if they are safe and enforce social distancing.

He said this would be subject to conditions and more scientific advice and only if numbers back it up.

The PM said in his speech this evening: "...And step three - at the earliest by July - and subject to all these conditions and further scientific advice; if and only if the numbers support it, we will hope to re-open at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing."

This is thought to include cafes and restaurants with outdoor spaces where people can still maintain a two metre distance.

The Mirror understands however that pubs and beer gardens are not expected to be included in the businesses which could reopen in two months time.

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Closed shops along the promenade in Brighton


Instead it's likely to be a limited reopening of some cafes or restaurants that have an outdoor dining area where groups can be kept two metres apart.

It's understood cinemas and places of worship may be among other sites that can reopen around July - again, if they can keep people two metres apart.

No timing has been given as to when Brits can expect pubs to open their doors again.

It is not known when pubs will be open again

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has warned that up to 40% of Britain's pubs cannot survive beyond September with the current level of financial support being offered by the Government.

It estimates that almost 19,000 pubs may not be able to reopen following the coronavirus crisis.

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: "The industry was looking for a glimmer of hope today, a date to plan to and further financial support reassured, but it looks like we have more weeks of uncertainty ahead of us."

"With insufficient clarity as to when pubs will reopen, our sector remains in limbo and facing severe uncertainty and financial devastation.

Boris Johnson addressing the nation this evening

"If government plans to keep pubs closed until the final phase of release, as rumoured, this would make pubs first in and last out of lockdown.

"Despite this, the Government hasn't outlined any specific additional financial support for pubs to assure and help them through the extended lockdown hardship they face.

"We understand that pubs should only open when safe to do so, but extending the lockdown without offering additional support will be devastating."

She added that the closure of so many "social hubs" would result in "immeasurable damage to the wellbeing of our nation".

James Calder, chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (Siba) said: "This is a marathon, not a sprint and we continue to be at the core of discussions with Government about how our heritage, our culture and our right to have a good pint in a good pub is maintained for the long term.

"We will of course not put any pressure on Government to open pubs and taprooms ahead of when it is safe to do so.

"But we will put pressure where it is needed to ensure our sector has a fighting chance of survival."

Mr Johnson noted our way of life has undeniably changed when looking around at "darkened pubs and restaurants."

He said in his statement this evening: "We must stay alert. We must continue to control the virus and save lives.

"And yet we must also recognise that this campaign against the virus has come at colossal cost to our way of life.

"We can see it all around us in the shuttered shops and abandoned businesses and darkened pubs and restaurants."