Coronavirus UK LIVE: Furlough scheme to be changed TODAY as lockdown rules eased and deaths top 37,000

RISHI Sunak will today make changes to the furlough scheme, with reports suggesting employers will be asked to pay 20 per cent of employees wages along with national insurance and pension contribution. 

This comes as Boris Johnson eased lockdown measures further last night, revealing groups of six can meet in parks and gardens from Monday.

Speaking in yesterday’s daily coronavirus briefing, the Prime Minister said the latest changes would allow friends and families to see each other for the first time in months, giving Brits a new lease of freedom.

Mr Johnson said: “We will now allow people to meet in gardens and other outdoor spaces. This means friends and families can now see their loved ones.

“I know for many this will be a long awaited and joyful moment.”

Boris Johnson also revealed last night:

  • People can play golf in groups of four, and tennis doubles from Monday
  • Schools will open on June 1 – but only for children in reception, year one and year six.
  • Non-essential shops can reopen from June 1 and June 15
  • Dentists can reopen from June 8

Meanwhile, the total UK death toll from the coronavirus reached 37,837 after with 377 more deaths confirmed in the last 24 hours.

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