Groups of six allowed to meet under new measures

Henrietta Strickland
May 29, 2020

Though we already know outdoor markets will reopen on June 1 and non-essential shops can return from June 15, further guidelines have just emerged at the United Kingdom government's daily briefing, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out the next steps in the fight against coronavirus.

The Prime Ministers official spokesman said on Wednesday, "That formal review will happen tomorrow, and we are hopeful, without prejudging it, that we will be able to proceed with the reopening of schools on June 1".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new easings of lockdown restrictions, many of which will begin on Monday.

"I should add that, at this stage, I am afraid that those who have been asked to shield themselves should continue to do so".

At a daily press briefing, Johnson said that from Monday, people in England will be able to meet outside in groups of six as long as they maintain social distancing. The new rules will allow families, many of whom have been sundered by the lockdown, to meet up outdoors - so long as social distancing rules are followed.

"These changes will let friends and families start to meet up with loved ones", he said.

"But I must stress that to control the virus everyone must stay alert, act responsibly, strictly observe social distancing rules and stay 2m apart from those you do not live with". People should still not meet inside each other's homes, and only in gardens or outdoor spaces.

He also told people not to see too many people from different households in quick succession.

Mr Johnson said that it would be possible to have barbecues with members of your family. It's also important to note that these rules are for England specifically, as the devolved nations have announced their own slightly different rules; Scotland, for instance, is now allowing gatherings of up to eight people from two different households.

Also during the conference, Mr Johnson said that he intends to "draw a line" under the Dominic Cummings controversy and said he would not allow advisors Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance to answer questions on the row to "protect them" from a "political argument".

"And I intend to draw a line under the matter, as I said yesterday to the Parliamentary Liaison Committee".

"I know many of you will find this frustrating and I am sorry about that". Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

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