Further lockdown restrictions are set to be lifted soon.
After just two weeks living under the UK’s latest lockdown rules, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed that the UK is now ready to move into stage 2 of the government’s lockdown exit strategy.
Unveiling his plans to gradually return to some form of ‘normal’ life, Boris Johnson outlined a number of steps the country is set to take as COVID-19 cases continue to decline, which started with allowing the public to sunbathe and use the outdoors to their leisure. The new rules also allowed people to meet with one other person outdoors, sticking with the 2-metre social distancing rules.
Speaking in a press conference today, Boris Johnson announced that some school children will be returning to school on June 1, adding that secondary schools would begin to make contact with year 10 and year 12 pupils on June 15.
In addition to announcing the changes for educational institutes, the Prime Minister also mentioned that new rules would be announced in the coming days, which may allow non-essential shops to re-open with strict social distancing policies. Johnson said: “We will set out what moving to step two means for non-essential retail and more social contacts in the near future.
“We are making progress but that progress is conditional, provisional.”, before saying “watch this space” and promising “more about it in the next few days” when asked about whether non-essential stores would be re-opening.