The ‘one-metre plus’ rule on social distancing is still on course to be scrapped from 21 June, Boris Johnson has told Conservative MPs.

The Prime Minister told the influential 1922 Committee he was confident the restriction would be consigned to the history books next month as planned, reportedly stating it was the “single biggest difference” the government could make to help pubs get back on their feet.

Johns said removing the rule would help the hospitality industry bounce back and he was keen that the rule should be ditched.

The British Beer & Pub Association welcomed the reports with chief executive, Emma McClarkin, stating that lifting the restriction would be vital to pubs’ survival, according to reports.

According to a report in The Times, an MP who attended the meeting on Wednesday night, said: “He seemed very upbeat about removing the one-metre-plus rule next month.

“He told us he fully realises that it is the biggest difference the government can make to letting pubs serve customers in reasonably normal conditions and that means getting rid of any capacity restrictions.”

Downing Street has reportedly said it was “still too early” to determine whether the Indian variant could delay lifting all coronavirus restrictions 21 June, and that a final decision would not be made until 14 June.