Boris Johnson is expected to urge the public on Monday to behave responsibly as he confirms plans to reopen July 19 in England amid government nervousness over the risks of the big bang approaching.
The final decision regarding July 19 will be made on Monday morning, based on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) modeling of Covid cases and pressure on the NHS.
The Prime Minister still believes it is ‘now or never’, with a subsequent reopening potentially posing even higher risks, as cases could peak when children return to school and winter looms.
Two Whitehall sources told The Guardian ministers were scared off by internal polls. One said the data showed only 10% of the public supported the policy of removing all restrictions at once, while another said many more people thought the government was acting too quickly than the last stage of reopening on May 17th. These accounts were denied by No. 10.