Boris Johnson pauses lockdown easing on weddings and casinos

Cheryl Sanders
August 1, 2020

"On Saturday 1 August, we had hoped to reopen in England a number of the higher-risk settings that had remained closed", Johnson said at a news conference. "We're now seeing a warning light on the dashboard", he continued, so "we should now squeeze that brake pedal to keep the virus under control".

The ONS also estimate that there are now 4,900 new infections every day up from around 3,000 per day on the 14th of July and 2,000 per day at the end of June.

Mr Johnson said face coverings will be compulsory in indoor settings where people are likely to come into contact with others they do not know in England from August 8.

Standing alongside Mr Johnson, England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, warned that it might not be possible to ease lockdown further, saying the United Kingdom has "probably reached near the limit or the limits" of what can be done to reopen society.

New data published by the government yesterday shows that the so-called R number, representing how many people each new Covid-19 patient infects, may be above the critical threshold of 1 in the north-west and south-west of England.

- The decision to postpone plans to allow indoor performances was described as a "bitter blow for the music industry".

Late on Thursday, the government announced stricter lockdown measures for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire, which caused confusion among Muslims planning for Eid Al Adha. Households there have now been banned from meeting indoors to curb the spread of the virus.

"It is taxes that ultimately pay for the NHS and, if we don't get our economy moving more quickly, we will struggle to do that in future". "The idea that we can open up everything and keep the virus under control is clearly wrong".

He also voiced concerns about the apparent failings in enforcement of rules and said he had asked the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, "to work with the police and others to ensure the rules which are already in place are properly enforced".

Shielding advice will still be paused as planned on Saturday and the move to allow more discretion for employers with regard to staff returning to work will also go ahead, the Prime Minister said.

"I know that the steps we are taking will be a heavy blow to many people - to everyone whose wedding plans have been disrupted, or who now can not celebrate Eid in the way they would wish, I am really, really sorry about that".

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