UK's Johnson says two-metre social distancing rule under review for July 4

FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain’s two-metre social distancing rule was under review ahead of a potential further easing of lockdown measures on July 4, adding his room for manoeuvre was increasing as the incidence of COVID-19 falls.

“As we get the numbers down, so it becomes one in 1,000, one in 1,600, maybe even fewer, your chances of being two metres, or one metre, or even a foot away from somebody who has the virus is obviously going down statistically, so you start to build some more margin for manoeuvre,” he said on Sunday.

“We’ll be looking at that and keeping it under constant review as we go forward to the next step in our plan, which is as you know July 4.”

Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Mark Potter