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Casinos in the UK will remain closed beyond July 4, but bingo halls can welcome back players as part of the country’s new lockdown steps easing.

This comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson declares that the two-meter regulation will be scrapped in favour of a “one-meter plus” plan, with hotels, places of worship, restaurants, cafes, pubs, hairdressers, entertainment arcades, and museums only a fraction of those businesses and attractions allowed to resume service next month in accordance with strict guidelines.

Casinos, bowling alleys, nightclubs, indoor gyms, swimming pools, amusement parks, tattoo and piercing parlours, and exhibition or conference centres to be used for shows or conferences are a sample of those that will remain closed.

Boris Johnson told MPs in the House of Commons: “I am acutely conscious people will ask legitimate questions about why certain activities are allowed and others are not.

“I must ask the House to understand that the virus has no interest in these debates.

“Its only interest, its only ambition is to exploit any opportunities is to recapture ground that we might carelessly vacate.

“There is one certainty: the fewer social contacts you have, the safer you will be.”

Adding: “Our duty as the Government is to guide the British people balancing our overriding aim of controlling the virus against our natural desire to bring back normal life.

“We cannot lift all the restrictions at once, so we have to make difficult judgements, and every step is scrupulously weighed against the evidence.

“Our principle is to trust the British public to use their common sense in the full knowledge of the risks, remembering that the more we open up, the more vigilant we will need to be.

“From now on we will ask people to follow guidance on social contact instead of legislation.”