Excitement at British PM Boris Johnson’s announcement that pubs will be given the green light to reopen on July 4 has been somewhat curbed as the plans include businesses requesting customers provide personal contact details.

Johnson’s plans for pubs to restart trading on their premises was met with cheers by many lawmakers in parliament, but details on the conditions attached to the reopening reveal it will be anything but business as usual for owners and customers – particularly concerning personal data.

Addressing MPs in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Johnson revealed that further relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown measures would allow many businesses within the hospitality and leisure sectors – such as pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas and hairdressers – to reopen on July 4, as long as social distancing measures were implemented.

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