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Indoor hospitality and household mixing are set to return from next Monday, as the PM is due to confirm the next stage of lockdown easing in England.

Boris Johnson is expected to say the data supports a further relaxation of measures at a 17:00 BST Downing Street news conference later.

It could also include guidance that it is now safe to hug friends and family.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said No 10 wanted to see "friendly contact" between people restored.

Under the next stage of the government's road map for lifting England's lockdown, people will be able to meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors, while six people or two households can meet indoors.

People are also likely to be allowed to stay overnight with those not in their household or bubble. Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues such as cinemas and soft play areas are set to be permitted to reopen indoors.

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A government science adviser said that if the guidance does allow hugs, they should be selective, brief, and should avoid face-to-face contact to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

But government Health Minister Nadine Dorries said "the data is looking extremely positive" when she was asked if the guidance would be relaxed to allow hugging between friends and family.

"We've all missed the hugs, we've all missed the close and intimate contact we've had with friends and family and so I'm hopeful that we will be hugging and kissing again indoors," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

She stressed that people should still be cautious to avoid a resurgence of the virus, however.

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