PM announces easing of lockdown restrictions

Boris Johnson in the House of Commons
Boris Johnson in the House of Commons [This screengrab taken from BBC news]

Today, British Prime Minister announces easing of lockdown restrictions in the House of Commons.

From the 4th of July, provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation including hotels and bed and breakfasts, as well as campsites as long as shared facilities are kept clean. Most leisure facilities and tourist attractions will reopen if they can do so safely including outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades as well as libraries, social clubs and community centres. Close proximity venues such as nightclubs, soft play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools and spas will I’m afraid need to remain closed for now as well bowling alley and water parks. But my Right Honorable Friends the business and culture secretary will establish task forces with public health experts and these sectors to help them become covid secure and reopen as soon as possible. We will also work with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live performances as soon as possible. Recreation and sport will be allowed, but indoor facilities, including changing rooms and courts, will remain closed and people should only play close contact team sports with members of their household.

Mr. Speaker, I know that many have mourned the closure of places of worship and this year Easter passover and Eid all occurred during the lockdown, so I’m delighted the places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services including weddings with a maximum of 30 people all subject to social distancing. Meanwhile, our courts, Probation Services, police stations and other public services will increasingly resume face-to-face proceedings. Wraparound care for school-aged children and formal childcare will restart over the summer. Primary and secondary education will recommence in September with full attendance, and those children who can already go to school should do so because it is safe. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, we will publish covid secure guidelines for every sector that is reopening and slowly, but surely these measures will restore a sense of normality.

After the toughest restrictions in peacetime history, we are now able to make life easier for people to see more of their friends and families and help businesses get back on their feet and get people back into work.