Lockdown rules update: What you can & can’t do now – and Boris Johnson’s new plans coming this week
BORIS Johnson will reveal more plans to lift Britain out of lockdown this week.
The PM is set for a busy few days as he lines up changes to get Britain back on the road to recovery.
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Here’s a look at all the lockdown rules as they stand, and what’s set to change in the coming days.
Meet friends in a park – 2m away
People across the UK are now allowed to meet with friends and family – but only at a distance.
In England, the limit is six people at a time.
In Scotland people can meet with up to eight pals at a distance, and in Northern Ireland it’s up to ten.
The Welsh Government have said two households of any size can meet outside as long as they stay within a five-mile radius of their home – but this will end on July 6.
Bubble up with single people
In England, Northern Ireland and Scotland people are allowed to form a “support bubble” with a single-person household.
If someone lives alone or has kids under 18 they can team up with another home and are allowed to be within 2m of each other.
They can hug and even stay overnight.
Social bubbles are being considered in Wales but no firm decision has been taken.
Outdoor sports & unlimited exercise
Golf, tennis and fishing are back on across the nation as people are allowed to do unlimited exercise.
Previously people were only allowed out once a day.
Use somebody’s loo
As thousands of toilets remain shut across the country, No10 has said it’s OK to nip inside somebody else’s home if you need to use the loo.
It means Brits are able to enjoy a BBQ in the garden with friends or family without having to worry.
Travel as far as you like for a day trip – but no staying overnight
The rules for all but essential travel across England have been dropped – and Brits no longer need a reason to be out of the house.
They can travel as far as they like but must not stay away overnight.
In Wales, however, people can’t go more than five miles from their home.
In Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has urged people to keep their trips local if they can.
Covid alert level dropped to 3
On Friday the coronavirus alert level was lowered from four to three – as infections and deaths continued to fall.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the move as “big moment for the country” and praised Brits’ determination to beat the disease.
This stage allows for a “gradual relaxation of restrictions and social distancing measures”.
Today the Prime Minister will meet with Cabinet colleagues on the C-19 Strategy Committee and experts.
Reviewing the current 2m social distancing rule will be one of the key topics on the agenda.
On Tuesday, the cabinet will be consulted and the Prime Minister will set out the updated position to Parliament.
What is on the cards?
2m rule to be slashed
It’s expected that the PM will say this week that he will cut the 2m rule down to one – meaning people will be able to get closer to each other.
Yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that it would likely be introduced along with some other measures to keep people safe.
For example, Brits may have to book online before going to the pub, have to leave their contact details at restaurants or use a mask in future, as the distance is reduced.
Hospitality sector to reopen from July
The PM will this week announce which sectors of the economy will be permitted to open from July 4, under phase three of the roadmap.
At the moment pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and hotels are also anxiously awaiting the PM to confirm they are allowed to open their doors once again.
Mr Hancock said yesterday they were “on track” to reopen from July 4 as planned.
Businesses need confirmation to get orders in and ensure people can come back to work in good time.
Detailed guidance will be published for each sector so businesses that do open can be Covid Secure.
The Government has yet to officially say when the £130 billion-a-year domestic tourism industry can restart after businesses were told to close during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to The Mail on Sunday, Whitehall officials have been told to prepare for an announcement regarding the opening on hotels and holiday parks as early as Tuesday.
New guidelines could then be sent to tourism industry chiefs by the end of next week.
The Culture Secretary has already said they will encourage more Brits to holiday in the UK this year to try and boost the ailing industry.
It’s expected that hotels in England will be able to open from July 4 onwards.
Review of coronavirus laws
Every four weeks the Government legally has to look at the coronavirus laws and check they are still working.
The Health Secretary and the PM may discuss whether they need to reintroduce any of the measures, or relax others.
The next review date comes on June 25 – Thursday.
Quarantine rules and air bridges update
The Home Secretary and Transport Secretary will also take a closer look at the three weeks of the quarantine rules which are in place for travellers to the UK.
At the moment everyone coming in has to stay inside for two week, in a move which tourism bosses fear will cripple their industry.
Priti Patel and Grant Shapps are expected to say that the quarantine rules will be replaced by an air-bridges policy, where the UK seals deals with other countries for people to be able to travel with no quarantine.
Spain has already said it will drop their for Brits – and has urged us to do the same in return.
Mr Shapps said an update on which countries may be involved would come before the three week review of quarantine – on June 29.
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Fresh lockdown warning
However, the Prime Minister will warn the public that they must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep the coronavirus under control.
If there are widespread breaches of the rules resulting in the virus threatening to run out of control, this week’s easements will be the first to be reversed., he will say.
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.”
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