You can see up to six people outside from Monday, Boris Johnson announces
People can meet in gardens and private outdoor spaces
In today’s press briefing, Boris Johnson announced that from Monday up to six people can meet outside, provided those from different households observe the 2m social distance rule.
People can meet in gardens and private outdoor spaces, meaning people can finally see parents and friends at the same time.
The latest “limited and cautious” lockdown lift emphasises the government’s desire to allow for more social contact between households, without risking the infection rate rising. This means most of the upcoming changes will revolve around outdoor activities.
Last week the Prime Minister confirmed non-essential retail, such a fashion stores, will be allowed to open from 15th June, provided the five key tests are still being met.
Talk about pubs and restaurants reopening has also been in the news this week, with the Sun reporting Boris Johnson saying the country could expect them to open sooner than anticipated. The hospitality sector is not due to reopen until July at the earliest, however in a Zoom meeting the PM said: “It is really difficult to bring forward hospitality measures in a way that involves social distancing. But I am much more optimistic about that than I was. We may be able to do things faster than I previously thought.”
Some pubs have already started opening up as takeaway services, and Wetherspoons recently announced how it plans to reopen whilst maintaining social distancing. Tables will be two metres apart with plastic screen dividers, and 10 hand sanitiser dispensers will be in every pub.
Test and tracing came into effect in England today, whereby anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be required to give the contact details of anyone they’ve been 2m away from for more than 15 minutes in the past two days. These people will then have to self-isolate for 14 days.
The total UK coronavirus death toll is now 37,837.