THE UK government has been hosting daily coronavirus briefings to inform the public of progress made in the ongoing battle against Covid-19.
The briefings are hosted by a different member of cabinet every day but when is the Prime Minister’s next speech? Here is everything we know.
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When is Boris Johnson’s next speech?
Boris Johnson is set to host tonight’s (May 27) coronavirus briefing virtually at No.10.
He is expected to be joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Davies.
The Prime Minister is expected to update the British public on the lockdown and review the easing of previous restrictions which have included unlimited exercise allowed outdoors.
The government is obliged to review restrictions every three weeks since the lockdown began nine weeks ago on March 23.
The last review was on May 7 and the PM made some changes to those rules three days later on May 10.
There are a number of possible changes that could be included in the next review, some regarding public transport and schools.
These changes might include:
- Schools – The government is expecting pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return to school from June 1. Pupils will return to school in smaller groups to adhere to social distancing measures. Further announcements are expected about other ages groups.
- Public Transport – The government could announce the opening of more stations or bus routes particularly in the cities.
- Sport and Leisure – Sports and cultural events could be allowed to take place behind closed doors and broadcast.
- Retail – Non-essential retailers can reopen from June 1. The government is set to release guidance to business owners on how they can reopen and when it will be safe to do so.
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Boris Johnson hosted the coronavirus briefing along with Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance.
Johnson announced that outdoor markets and car showrooms would be able to open from June 1.
Boris Johnson said: “Today I want to give the retail sector notice of our intention to reopen shops so they too can get ready.”
He added: “From 15 June, we intend to allow all other non-essential retail… to reopen.”
He said this will only be permitted for premises that are “Covid-secure”.
Mr Johnson said he wanted people to be “confident that they can shop safely”.
He said the food retail sector has already responded “fantastically well” and “we will learn lessons from that experience as we allow other retail to open”.
He added: “These are careful but deliberate steps on the road to rebuilding our country. And we can only take these steps thanks to what we have so far achieved together.”
Boris Johnson hosted the press conference alone at 10 Downing Street.
In the briefing, he ordered the whole country to stay at home as he declared the fight “a national emergency”.
The PM threatened the nation with fines if they did not obey the new rules.
The new measures included:
- All gatherings of more than two people in public were forbidden – meaning a ban on all social events, including weddings and baptisms
- Tens of thousands of non-essential shops were ordered to close
- Communal play and exercise areas inside parks will also be shut down, but not parks themselves
- Places of worship such as churches and mosques must also shut, except to host for funerals
- Travel on roads, trains and buses are also banned unless it’s essential to get to work.
All Brits will only be allowed to leave home from now onwards for four reasons:
- Travel to work
- Shopping for basic necessities, but as infrequently as possible
- Taking one form of exercise a day, alone or with members of your household, such as walking, running or cycling
- Going to a medical appointment or providing care to a vulnerable person.
Boris Johnson hosted the briefing along with Robert Jenrick and Dr Jenny Harries.
Speaking at the daily press conference at Downing Street, the PM reiterated the importance of social distancing.
Mr Johnson also explained that Britain is at the stage where “special steps must be taken” to protect the vulnerable and shield those with serious conditions.
He affirmed: “This will do more than any single measure set out to save lives.
“We have to do more to make sure that the existing measures we are taking are having the effect we want.”
Speaking of social distancing, The Prime Minister warned people to keep apart in parks or face “further and tougher measures”.
“Please follow the advise and don’t think that fresh air provides immunity,” Mr Johnson added.
“You need to stay 2 metres apart and practice social distancing.
“Take this advice seriously and follow it, it’s absolutely crucial.
“We will bring forward further measures if this is necessary.”