Coronavirus: Boris Johnson postpones lockdown easing in England

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The further easing of lockdown restrictions in England – due to come in this weekend – has been postponed for at minor two weeks, amid concerns over an increase in coronavirus cases.

Casinos and trundling alleys will remain shut, with Boris Johnson power it was time to “squeeze the brake pedal”.

Wedding receptions of up to 30 people were meant to be allowed as purposes of the changes but cannot yet happen.

Face coverings will be mandatory in diverse indoor settings, such as cinemas.

People attending places of homage will also be required to wear face coverings, in a change that wishes be applied from next weekend.

But planned changes to guidance for those who have on the agenda c trick been shielding during the pandemic, and advice for employers, will stillness go ahead.

Mr Johnson made the comments during a special Downing Terrace briefing, where he was joined by England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty.

Prof Whitty alerted that it might not be possible to ease the lockdown any further, explaining that the “viewpoint that we can open up everything and keep the virus under control” is off the beam.

Asked whether it was safe for England’s schools to open fully to all neophytes in the autumn, he said it was a “difficult balancing act” but “we have probably reached or nighed the limits of what we can do in terms of opening up society”.

The rethink follows new provisions for people in parts of northern England, after a spike in virus cartons.

The prime minister said progress against coronavirus continues, with the continuously and weekly number of deaths falling, but warned that some European countries are “contending” to control it. The UK must be ready to “react”, he said.

A further 120 people have in the offing died with the virus in the UK, according to the latest figures, and 880 new coverings have been recorded.

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Highlighting the latest tallies from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Mr Johnson added: “The prevalence of the virus in the community, in England, is probably to be rising for the first time since May.”

He said that the reopening of sisterhood had always been “conditional” on “continued progress against the virus”, but with “armies creeping up” it was time to “squeeze that brake pedal in order to follow the virus under control”.

He urged people to “follow the rules, dig our hands, cover our faces, keep our distance – and get a test if we have evidences”, summing the advice up with a new slogan: “Hands, face, space, get a investigation”.


Cases in England are increasing for the first time since May.

Data from the Berth for National Statistics shows there are around 4,200 new infections a day paralleled with 2,800 a week ago.

This is not a return to the height of the epidemic in Walk, but it is telling.

Every restriction we ease increases the ability of the coronavirus to spread, and the sway’s scientific advisers have always warned there was not much wiggle apartment to lift restrictions and still suppress it.

The uptick in infections is a warning we may have on the agenda c trick already passed the limit of lifting lockdown.

That is why Boris Johnson has delayed some of the intended lifting of restrictions in England and face masks will become a multifarious frequent sight.

The big question remains around schools. If the current on the wholes are leading to an increase in cases, can we open schools as well? If we open way of lives will we have to close something else?

It is worth noting all this is taking place in July and scientists suspect the virus will spread even innumerable easily in the winter months.

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Mr Johnson asserted the planned reopening of “higher risk settings” on 1 August would now be detained for at least a fortnight.

This means that the following will not be masterly to take place until 15 August, at the earliest:

  • the reopening of casinos, moving alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services
  • indoor plays
  • pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres
  • the development of wedding receptions to allow up to 30 people
  • beauty treatments that suggest the face, such as eyelash, eyebrow and threading treatments

Fans take care ofed the World Snooker Championship when it started on Friday as part of a helmsman to test the return of larger crowds to sports venues. The tournament choose now go ahead without spectators until at least 15 August, which is when the finishing is scheduled to begin.

The British Beauty Council said the changes were “perfect disappointing for a sector that has already seen delay after lull in reopening”.

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Separately, face coverings will be compulsory in myriad indoor settings where people are likely to come into association with people they do not know, such as museums and places of exaltation, from next weekend. They are already required in shops, banks, airports and other indoor cloud nine hubs.

The prime minister said the rules for face coverings see fit become enforceable in law from 8 August.

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However, he said the plan to pause shielding for those most W to the virus will go ahead from Saturday.

That means some 2.2 million people who press been self-isolating in England during the pandemic can return to work, if they cannot carry out from home, as long as their workplace is Covid-secure.

Guidance for companies will also change as planned from the start of August, yield “more discretion over how employees can work safely, whether by keep up to work from home, or attending a Covid-secure workplace”, Mr Johnson whispered.

The latest announcement came shortly after new lockdown rules were announced in parts of England, banning separate households from meeting each other innards everted their homes and private gardens.

The rules, which came into also pressurize at midnight, impact people in Greater Manchester, east Lancashire, parts of West Yorkshire, and in Leicester.

They also ban fellows of two different households from mixing in pubs and restaurants, although specific households will still be able to visit such hospitality venues.

Condition Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Breakfast that the increase in despatching in the affected regions was due to people visiting friends and relatives, citing novel data from contact tracing.

The changes come as Muslim communities make to celebrate Eid this weekend, and nearly four weeks after restrictions were disburdened across England – allowing people to meet indoors for the first opportunity since late March.

Speaking about the latest restrictions in sections of northern England, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the control had made the “right decision”, but urged it to “improve” what he called “extraordinarily poor” communication.

Ministers have said police forces and convocations will be given powers to enforce the new rules.

In other key developments:

  • A 14-year-old Freulein is being treated for a life-threatening illness after being “gravely contemned” by her family during lockdown. The High Court’s Family Division has been solicit fromed to intervene to take the girl into care
  • The Scottish government has give fair warned residents not to visit areas of England affected by new local lockdown rules
  • Oversee and council officers are patrolling the seafront in Bournemouth and Poole as thousands sink on the towns’ beaches. Local councils, including Brighton and Hove and Thanet – are notice day-trippers to stay away due to large crowds
  • Scotland is developing its own coronavirus contact-tracing app, which it expectations to have ready for use in the autumn
  • In Wales, up to 30 people can meet outdoors and youths under 11 will not have to social distance from Monday. Celerities such as swimming pools, gyms and indoor play areas discretion be allowed to reopen from 10 August
  • Tory MP Craig Whittaker has parried his claim that some Muslims in West Yorkshire are “not taking the pandemic without a doubt”

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