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The government will outline proposals on how to safely reduce the 2m social distancing rule in England this week.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the distance could be lowered with “mitigations”, so people can be closer without a higher risk of transmission.

Labour said it would support the change to 1m “under certain circumstances”.

Mr Hancock confirmed new easing of lockdown measures would be announced in the coming days, including whether pubs and restaurants can re-open on 4 July.

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