St Austell Brewery has welcomed today’s news of a further relaxation of lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today that from July 4, hospitality and tourism venues will be allowed to reopen, with the 2m rule also eased.

Brewery chief executive, Kevin Georgel, said: “The announcement from the Government today provides much needed clarity and comes as a huge relief. We also welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement on reducing two-metre social distancing guidelines to ‘one-metre plus’, which will allow us to reopen our pubs more viably on 4th July.

“Now that we have a firm date, we can fully focus on getting our pubs ready to reopen safely as we look forward to welcoming our teams and our customers back.

“As we approach 4th July, we’ll continue to prepare our managed pubs – in line with the Government’s hospitality guidelines – brief our teams and provide ongoing support for our tenants. We’re already busy brewing a fresh supply of draught beer which we’ll be delivering to our customers, across the West Country and beyond, in the days ahead.

“Things may be a little different for a while but our priorities remain the same – looking out for our teams and guests, while delivering a great experience. Rest assured, we will be introducing a number of extra measures in our pubs to ensure that our customers can socialise safely.

“Even in these unusual times, we can promise our usual warm welcome – delicious food, quality draught beers, comfortable rooms and some of the best views in the West Country.

“We know for so many, pubs play a key role in bringing communities together. We’re looking forward to doing just that and welcoming people back responsibly next weekend.”