COVID-19: PM confirms lockdown roadmap will progress on May 17 – domestic hospitality and household mix will return

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COVID-19: PM confirms lockdown roadmap will progress on May 17 – domestic hospitality and household mix will return


Boris Johnson has confirmed that a major easing of COVID-19 restrictions in England will continue from next week.

At a Monday night press conference, the prime minister will say that from May 17, meetings of six people, or two households, will be allowed to be held indoors for the first time since January.

Inner hospitality will also be able to reopen, vacations abroad will no longer be limited and, according to Minister Michael Gove, people will be able to hug loved ones again.

With infection rates currently at the lowest level since September and hospital admissions now similar to last July, the PM is expected to say government tests have been completed to allow stage three on his sheet. road to go as planned.

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Ministers say goal of getting all adults a first dose by the end of July remains on track

In a statement, Mr Johnson praised the public’s “unwavering commitment” and said easing rules would be unlikely to see a resurgence of the virus that puts pressure on the NHS.

“The data reflects what we already knew – we are not going to let this virus beat us,” he said.

‘The roadmap remains on track, our successful vaccination program continues – over two-thirds of adults in the UK have now received the first vaccine – and we can now rejoice in releasing it cautiously but in a manner. irreversible.

“It is thanks to the unwavering engagement of the British public that we are saving lives, protecting the NHS and controlling the virus.”

Cabinet will meet on Monday morning to approve the plans.

Over 50 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the UK – 35.2 million people having received a first dose and 17.2 million people having received both doses.

Ministers say the goal of getting all adults a first dose by the end of July remains on track.

The press conference will mark the start of a busy week for the Prime Minister, with the government’s new legislative agenda set out in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday.

The focus is expected to be on policies related to the Prime Minister’s “leveling” goals, as well as on exiting the pandemic.

Speaking to Sky’s Sophy Ridge, Michael Gove said the Queen’s speech would also contain a ‘series of bills and measures that will strengthen our NHS’, though ministers questioned whether a plan to reform the social protection will be included.

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