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Boris Johnson says he wants to relax 2-metre physical distancing rule

PM’s comments come despite warnings by scientific advisers that rule should remain

Boris Johnson has said he wants to reduce the 2-metre rule for physical distancing despite the government’s chief medical officer saying it would need to stay in place for the whole epidemic.

The prime minister struck an optimistic note about easing the lockdown further after demands from Tory MPs for a review of the 2-metre rule to help pubs, restaurants, cafes and other venues to reopen profitably.

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