When is Boris Johnson’s next Covid lockdown announcement?
What are the scientists saying?
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies has reportedly warned the government that a third wave of Covid cases could exceed the peak of the first wave if the June 21 reopening goes as planned.
However, NHS leaders said the scientific modeling was crude and unreliable in predicting the pandemic, and warned against its use in deciding whether or not to release restrictions on June 21.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said the trusts were “skeptical” about the ability of the models to provide useful predictions for the pandemic.
How does this affect businesses?
The news will be a blow to businesses that had prepared to reopen in full on June 21, with many employees hiring and training, sending others on leave and ordering supplies in order to provide customers with normal service. .
The Treasury has so far refused to extend the freeze on business rates for the hospitality and leisure sector which ends on July 1, arguing that sufficient support is already in place.
Kate Nicholls, Managing Director of UK Hospitality, said: “The lingering uncertainty around the roadmap is causing significant distress for businesses and hotel operators.
“It is crucial that the government commit to lifting the restrictions on June 21. Any delay in the roadmap would have a devastating effect on an already fragile sector.”
Sarah Haywood, of the UK Weddings Taskforce industry body, said wedding businesses “would collapse” as a result of a delay because “we have reached the end of the trail.”
She said more than 50,000 weddings had been booked for the four weeks after June 21, as ministers had repeatedly reassured the public that the restrictions would end on that date, adding: “At every meeting with the government, they said they were on track for an unrestricted reopening, and when we urged them to have a contingency plan, they didn’t discuss it. “
Government support for affected businesses remains in place until September.
What is currently authorized?
Most legal restrictions on out-of-town meetings were dropped on May 17 after the government pushed forward to Stage 3 of Mr Johnson’s roadmap.
People are also allowed to meet indoors, but the six or two household rule still applies.
Indoor dining in restaurants is already permitted, and customers are no longer required to purchase substantial meals with alcoholic beverages or adhere to a curfew.
Gyms have reopened and some larger shows and sporting events in indoor venues have resumed.
Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and vigils, as well as funerals.
When will the next containment announcement be made?
The Cabinet’s Covid Operations Committee will meet on Sunday evening to make a final decision on any easements that may be put in place.
The decision will be endorsed by Cabinet on Monday morning and announced by Mr Johnson later today.
The decision is expected to be reviewed two weeks after the start of the extension.
What is allowed in other UK countries?
In Wales, from June 7, groups of up to 30 people have been allowed to meet outdoors, including in private gardens, while up to three households can meet indoors.
The Welsh government has yet to give a date for the reopening of large venues with live performances or for events such as outdoor music festivals.
Plans to ease lockdown restrictions across much of Scotland have been put on hold, but restrictions have been reduced in Glasgow, which had been kept in level 3 restrictions due to a spike in cases.
Restaurants, cafes, bars and other hospitality venues in Northern Ireland can operate indoors, with six people allowed to sit together from an unlimited number of table service-only households.