THE Prime Minister is this week set to reveal whether pubs, restaurants and the rest of the hospitality sector can reopen next week.

Tomorrow, Boris Johnson will unveil his plan of how the coronavirus lockdown can be further eased across England on July 4.

The PM is also expected to cut the 2m social distancing rule, placing requirements at 1m instead. 

Today, the PM will meet with his most senior Cabinet colleagues, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer for England Professor Chris Whitty to discuss the review and the next phase of the recovery road map.

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Pubs have been preparing to reopen their doors Picture: PA

Mr Johnson will then consult his Cabinet on Tuesday and outline the plans to Parliament for pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers.

Guidance will be published for each sector on how businesses can reduce the spread of Covid-19 when they reopen.

But the public are expected to be warned that the newest relaxation of rules will be the first to be reversed if there are widespread breaches that prompt the virus to spread uncontrollably.

A No 10 spokesman said: "The reason we are able to move forward this week is because the vast majority of people have taken steps to contain the virus.

"The more we open up, the more important it is that everyone follows the social-distancing rules.

"We will not hesitate to put the handbrake on to stop the virus running out of control."