Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak try out smartphone ordering and ‘one-metre plus’ social distancing

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We want a pizza the action! Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak try out smartphone ordering and ‘one-metre plus’ social distancing as they visit an east London restaurant ahead of lockdown being eased

  • They dropped in on Pizza Playground to outline new social distancing rules 
  • Diners can be 1m apart from July 4 as long as other precautions are in place
  •  Visit came amid chaotic schemes on beaches including Bournemouth
  • PM used visit to warn against ‘taking liberties’ with social distancing rules 

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak showed lockdown-frazzled Brits how they want the nation to come out of hibernation today as they went for Pizza in East London.

After chaotic schemes on beaches including Bournemouth yesterday they dropped in on Pizza Playground to show how restaurants of the future may work.

They used smartphone apps to order and made sure they they kept their hands clean on the PR visit to the eaterie near Canary Wharf.

It comes little more than a week before a planned easing of the lockdown that will allow restaurants to reopen and the two-metre rule relaxed.

Diners will be allowed to be one metre apart from July 4 as long as some other precautions against coronavirus are in place under the ‘one metre plus’ guidelines. 

For restaurants this could include seating guests facing apart from each other and introducing screens between tables, as well as greater cleanliness measures. 

Mr Johnson used the visit to warn people against ‘taking liberties’ with social distancing rules as he said it could lead to the danger of a ‘serious spike’ in coronavirus infections. 

 He and Chancellor Rishi Sunak used smartphone apps to order and made sure they they kept their hands clean on the PR visit to the eaterie near Canary Wharf

Amid chaotic schemes on beaches including Bournemouth they dropped in on Pizza Playground to show how restaurants of the future may look

Amid chaotic schemes on beaches including Bournemouth they dropped in on Pizza Playground to show how restaurants of the future may look

It comes little more than a week before a planned easing of the lockdown that will allow restaurants to reopen and the two-metre rule relaxed.

It comes little more than a week before a planned easing of the lockdown that will allow restaurants to reopen and the two-metre rule relaxed.

Diners will be allowed to be one metre apart from July 4 as long as some other precautions against coronavirus are in place under the 'one metre plus' guidelines

Diners will be allowed to be one metre apart from July 4 as long as some other precautions against coronavirus are in place under the ‘one metre plus’ guidelines

He slammed beachgoers turning packed seasides into hotbeds of violence as families again headed to the coast to enjoy the last day of the mini-heatwave with 82F (28C) highs. 

Today, visitor numbers in Bournemouth were well down, with some local cafes and bars appearing to be closed following the carnage yesterday, which saw three men in their 20s stabbed on the beach just before 10pm.

Paramedics took the three men to hospital in non life-threatening conditions. One man suffered a stab wound to his back, a second man sustained an injury to his face and the third was injured in the chest and arm.

It comes amid misty conditions on the south coast as a week of blazing sunshine ends today, with thunderstorms and downpours sweeping into the UK along with lightning, hail, flooding and up to 2in (50mm) of rain in an hour.

Beaches across Britain were left covered in litter overnight as Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned they could be shut amid fears of a repeat of yesterday’s chaos – before the weather turns later on as thunderstorms sweep in.     

Speaking at the restaurant, the Prime Minister said: ‘If you look at what’s happening elsewhere in the world where people have been coming out of lockdown, I’m afraid what you’re also seeing is people taking too many liberties with the guidance, mingling too much, not observing social distancing.

‘So in some parts of the world – I won’t name them – you have got spikes, really serious spikes, in the instance of the disease, so it is crucial that people understand that on July 4 we get this right, we do this in a balanced way.’ 

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