Indoor facilities such as cinemas and hotels will reopen, but with some capacity limits in place. Pubs and restaurants will once again be able to accommodate customers indoors, and indoor home mixing will be allowed to resume for groups of up to six people.
People can also meet outdoors in groups of no more than 30 people.
Johnson said social distancing rules will remain for public places, but people can make their own judgments in private.
Asked about hugs, Johnson said at a press conference Monday: “People should do it if you think it’s appropriate, if you think the risks are very, very low. “
“But you have to use caution and common sense. And it is clear that unvaccinated people must be at a higher risk of transmission than those who have been vaccinated, ”he added.
But Johnson has also been at the forefront of a successful vaccination campaign, with more than 50% of the country’s population now having received at least one dose of a vaccine.
International travel can resume next Monday in most cases, although quarantines and testing will mostly be required upon return to the UK. The government has said it hopes to lift all restrictions on social contact by June 21.
Around noon on Monday, the UK’s chief medical officers agreed to lower the country’s Covid-19 alert level from 4 – meaning transmission is high or increasing exponentially – to level 3, meaning that the epidemic is in general circulation.
– CNBC’s Holly Ellyatt contributed to this article.