Pub-goers should “go back to drinking a yard of ale” to mark pubs reopening in England while maintaining social distancing rules, Jacob Rees-Mogg says.

The Commons leader told MPs: “If they drink a yard of ale they will maintain social distancing while enjoying an extra large drink.”

The PM announced this week that pubs would be able to reopen on 4 July.

And the 2m social distancing rule will be reduced to “1m plus” – which is just over a yard.

On 20 March, all pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes were asked to shut in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Now, cafes and restaurants will also be able to reopen in England on 4 July.

In Scotland, beer gardens and outdoor restaurants will be allowed to reopen from

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