BORIS Johnson is aiming to reduce the two-metre social distancing rule to help pubs and shops reopen soon.
He told MPs today on the Liaison Committee he hoped once the virus rates go down "we will be able to reduce that distance" and get bars up and running again.
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He said: "[There is a] considerable reduction in risk at that distance, compared to a smaller gap.
"My own hope is that as we make progress in getting the virus down… we will be able to reduce that distance which I think will be particularly valuable on (public) transport and in the hospitality sector.
"Their answer is that that is what they feel is the right interval for us. We rely and have done throughout on the guidance we get from our advisers and that is what they think is appropriate at the moment but… that may evolve."
It comes as the PM confirmed Britain's coronavirus test and trace system will go live from tomorrow.
As The Sun reported last night, the nation's 25,000 tracers will soon get to work on tracking down coronavirus if it continues to spread across the country.
He revealed the Government will use "whack-a-mole" tactics to lockdown specific areas if any flare ups occur.
The PM told MPs this afternoon: "This is our way out, this is our way of defeating the virus, getting our country back on its feet and I think people will want to work together.
"Of course we will keep sanctions on the table and as we develop the system we will review constantly."
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