Zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas are set to reopen in England from Monday, the PM is due to announce.
Boris Johnson is expected to outline the latest step in the easing of the coronavirus lockdown at Wednesday’s daily briefing.
He will say the outdoor attractions can reopen as long as they follow social distancing rules.
Some zoos, including Chester Zoo and London Zoo, have reported financial struggles during the pandemic.
A number of Tory MPs and the PM’s father, Stanley Johnson, have been calling for zoos to reopen to ensure they survive the crisis.
The move will pave the way for zoos to reopen in England alongside non-essential shops, which can also open from 15 June.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said on Tuesday “we continue to meet” the government’s five tests for lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions, so retailers can open as long as they follow safety guidelines.
He also said pubs, bars, restaurants and hairdressers will not be able to reopen until 4 July “at the earliest”.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson will face MPs on Wednesday at Prime Minister’s Questions, after the plan for the reopening of all primary schools in England by the summer was ditched by the government.
- ‘It is a worrying time to be running a zoo’
- London Zoo faces ‘perilous future’
- Zoo remains ‘on a knife edge’ despite support
Earlier this week Chester Zoo – which has been closed since 21 March – said its future was “on a knife edge”, despite a government pledge to provide financial support.
And last month London Zoo – closed since 20 March – said it faced an “uncertain future” without immediate support.