UK’s Johnson eases lockdown as furore over aide rumbles on

UK’s Johnson eases lockdown as furore over aide rumbles on

UK’s Johnson eases lockdown as furore over aide rumbles on

During this review, the PM urged people to work from home for the "foreseeable future", but said those who can not do so are allowed to travel to work if their workplaces are open.

The latest "limited and cautious" lockdown lift emphasises the government's desire to allow for more social contact between households, without risking the infection rate rising.

"We do want people to be able to see their friends and family, we do want people to see two grandparents at once but it's got to be socially distanced, there's got to be a maximum of six people". In Scotland, people from two different households can meet outdoors starting today, and in no more than groups of eight.

"But I must stress, that to control the virus, everyone must stay alert, act responsibly, strictly observe social distancing rules and stay two metres apart from those you do not live with". "It remains the case that people should not be inside the homes of their friends and families unless it is to access the garden". Here's what Boris Johnson has said.

He said: "My own hope is that as we make progress in getting the virus down, in reducing the incidence, that we will be able to reduce that distance, which I think will be particularly valuable in transport and clearly the hospitality sector".

Her Welsh counterpart, Mark Drakeford, is set to announce that outdoor meet-ups can resume from Monday, but he will unveil new "stay local" guidance to not travel more than five miles.

But Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, told anyone planning such gatherings it was "absolutely critical" to maintain strong hygiene standards, including washing hands and keeping to social distancing rules.

Boris Johnson said that all five tests required for the next phase of lockdown easing to begin have been met, adding: "The result is we can moved forward with adjusting the lockdown on Monday".

A Number 10 spokesman said: "The police have made clear they are taking no action against Mr Cummings over his self-isolation and that going to Durham did not breach the regulations".

Seventy-one per cent of people in a YouGov survey thought the PM's chief advisor had ignored government regulations when he drove more than 200 miles to his parents' estate in Durham at the height of the lockdown.

"Quite frankly I'm not certain - right now - that an inquiry into that matter is a very good use of official time", the PM said. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

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