Boris Johnson set to announce May 17 lockdown changes in press briefing

Boris Johnson will announce that the lockdown easing can go ahead as planned in England on May 17th, according to a key ally.

Michael Gove said he “expected” the Prime Minister to make the announcement on Monday, with updates on pubs, travel and hugs all expected in the 5pm meeting.

The Prime Minister reportedly intends to hold a press conference on Downing Street at 5 p.m. confirming that England can enter in Step 3 of the roadmap Mirror report.

This allows people to meet indoors in groups of up to six people and two households for the first time since New Years.

Pubs, restaurants, and vacation rentals are likely to be able to reopen indoors under these conditions, with groups of up to 30 people allowed outdoors.

Foreign travel will be allowed for the first time – but only to a tiny list of “green list” countries, while others will require quarantine on return.

Mr Johnson will also provide an update on hugging between family and friends – reports claim that hugs will be allowed in “common sense” situations for the first time since March 2020.

Cabinet Minister Gove told Sky News: “Thanks to the success of the UK vaccination program and common sense across the UK, we can gradually relax measures.

“So I assume that the Prime Minister will signal tomorrow that we can enter the next phase of détente in England on May 17th.

“And to add the transport minister named yesterday, it also means that some rules for international travel will also change.”

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