The scheduled lockdown easing due to take place over the weekend in England has been delayed, the Prime Minister announced.
Venues such as bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos were permitted to reopen, but this will now not happen until at least August 15, as Boris Johnson warns against complacency in the fightback against the coronavirus.
Changes to wedding celebrations will also be postponed. From August 1, weddings of up to 30 guests were to be allowed, but now this date has been pushed back.
Johnson also announced that it will become law to wear a face covering in indoor settings where you are likely to meet with people you do not normally come into contact with, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship, from August 8.
The Prime Minister stressed that this wasn’t a second wave, with death numbers continuing to fall, but that the UK must be ready to ‘react’ should this change, especially now other European countries are ‘struggling to control it’, he added.
The announcement comes after news that parts of Northern England were no longer permitted to meet with other households inside the home, in a move that is said to impact over 4m people.
Businesses and workplaces there should continue as normal, Johnson said.
The Prime Minister said that the country needs to now ‘squeeze the brake pedal’ in a bid to keep the outbreak under control.