PM to announce lockdown rule changes this week, Downing Street confirms

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PM to announce lockdown rule changes this week, Downing Street confirms

This week Boris Johnson will announce some changes to the lockdown rules, as part of the government’s roadmap plan.

He will specify which sectors of the economy will be allowed to reopen from July 4, and will also announce the results of the No10 review of the two metre rule.

Downing Street has not yet confirmed when the PM will make the announcement, but it has been widely reported that it’ll be on Tuesday.

The news comes as the government faces pressure from the education and hospitality sectors to review the two metre social distancing rule.

A No10 spokesperson said: “The reason we are able to move forward this week is because the vast majority of people have taken steps to contain the virus.

“The more we open up, the more important it is that everyone follows the social distancing rules.

“We will not hesitate to put the handbrake on to stop the virus running out of control.”

Speaking to reporters during a visit to shops in North Yorkshire on Saturday, June 20, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “The outcome of that review will be announced this week. Obviously that’s something that will make an enormous difference I think to many businesses who are keen to see a change.

“Obviously we need to go through that review but I’m very understanding of the calls for action on that, particularly for our hospitality industry, for our pubs, for our restaurants, (they) are keen to see if there’s some change that can be made there.”

On Monday, June 22 Mr Johnson will meet with the Cabinet’s ‘C-19 Strategy Committee’ to review the two metre rule and the next phase of the lockdown roadmap, Downing Street has said.

The following day the Cabinet will be consulted and the Prime Minister will set out the updated position to Parliament.

Following consultation with industry, detailed guidance will be published for each sector so businesses that are allowed to reopen can make sure they’re Covid secure.

The Prime Minister is also set to warn the public that they must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The NHS Test and Trace system will be used to “detect and control local outbreaks through targeted lockdowns”, according to a statement from Downing Street.

However, if there are widespread breaches of the rules resulting in the virus threatening to run out of control, this week’s upcoming easements will be the first to be reversed.

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