Coronavirus: Boris Johnson postpones lockdown easing in England


Coronavirus: Boris Johnson postpones lockdown easing in England

Face coverings will be needed in more places, but shielding and workplace advice remain the same.


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

Casinos and bowling alleys will remain shut, as Boris Johnson said it was time to “squeeze the brake pedal”.

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

England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, warned the UK may have hit its limits on easing restrictions.

Appearing alongside the prime minister at a special Downing Street briefing, Prof Whitty said the “idea that we can open up everything and keep the virus under control” is wrong.

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

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