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200731 | Plan to reopen venues and events scrapped by Boris Johnson with hours to spare

Latest coronavirus updates as plan to reopen venues and events scrapped by Boris Johnson with hours to spare

 

Boris Johnson says the rate of infection in the UK is rising

Plans to reopen bowling alleys, casinos and ice rinks from tomorrow have been scrapped - as have pilot schemes to restart socially distanced events.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered the statement at midday to confirm the news.

Mr Johnson said he knew the steps will be a 'real blow' to people who have had their plans disrupted.

Opposition party leaders were told of the change in a phone call this morning ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's press conference at noon, reports The Mirror.

It said plans to reopen bowling alleys, casinos and ice rinks from tomorrow will be postponed - as will pilot schemes to restart socially distanced events.

This is a breaking news blog and updates will appear at the end of the article.

It comes as people from certain areas in the north of England face tightened lockdown restrictions from today following a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Residents from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire have been banned from meeting each other inside their homes or in gardens.

The new rules also ban members of two different households from mixing in pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues, but these businesses will remain open for those visiting individually or from the same household.

The Government said it will give police forces and councils powers to enforce the new rules – adding that some exemptions will be put in place, including for the vulnerable.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said “households gathering and not abiding by the social-distancing rules” was a reason for the stricter rules, announced late on Thursday evening, and that the move was in order to “keep the country safe”.

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Key Events

  • Boris Johnson has new Covid mantra: Hands, Face, Space13:44
  • Update on rules for shielding clinically vulnerable13:05
  • Weddings, Eid events and venue re-openings postponed by Government12:58
  • New face mask rules as police clampdown is announced12:44
  • Face mask rule extended and police crackdown12:20

Boris Johnson has new Covid mantra: Hands, Face, Space

Boris Johnson has urged people to remember the slogan “hands, face, space” in combating Covid-19.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that it was important to keep the advice being issued as simple as possible.

It comes after the Government was accused of creating confusion around new rules issued late on Thursday for parts of northern England.
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Update on rules for shielding clinically vulnerable

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a series new measures to head off a second spike of COVID-19 coronavirus infections.

They include a laws making the wearing of face masks compulsory will be extended, a police crackdown to enforce these rules - and the postponement of plans to allow larger weddings and Eid events and the re-opening of various venues.

However, Mr Johnson said that plans to "pause" the shielding of the clinically vulnerable from August 1 will proceed.
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Weddings, Eid events and venue re-openings postponed by Government

Larger weddings, Eid events and the re-opening of various venues due to happen from tomorrow have all been postponed for at least a fortnight.

In press conference this lunchtime, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he understood that the latest announcement would be a “real blow” to people who had wedding plans or "those who can no longer celebrate Eid in the ways they would wish."

The Prime Minister said planned reopenings for August 1 will be postponed for a fortnight.

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New face mask rules as police clampdown is announced

Laws making the wearing of face masks compulsory will be extended and there will be a police crackdown to enforce the rules, Boris Johnson announced today.

During a special press conference, the Prime Minister said there would be a greater police presence to ensure face coverings are being worn.

He also said that the current face mask rule - that masks must be worn in shops and takeaways - will be extended to galleries, cinemas and places of worship, from August READ MORE

We will beat this if each and everyone us play our part - PM

  • We will beat this if each and everyone us play our part

Face mask rule extended and police crackdown

PM

  • Greater police presence to ensure face coverings are being worn
  • Face mask rule being extended to galleries, cinemas and places of worship from August 8

Shielding pause will proceed as planned

PM

  • Shielding pause will proceed as planned

Postponing plans to reopen certain venues until at least August 15 - PM

Boris Johnson

  • In many ways in fight against coronavirus continues
  • Continuously warned virus could come back and we'd take further action
  • European friends struggling to keep it under control
  • We're not exempt, must be ready to react
  • Prevalence of virus in community likely to be rising for first time since May
  • ONS estimate 4900 new infection every day, up from 3,000
  • Can't afford to ignore this evidence
  • Far better position to keep virus under control the were at beginning of pandemic
  • New restriction on household contact in North West announced last night
  • Will look at measures nationally
  • We should squeeze brake pedal
  • Postponing plans to reopen certain venues until at least August 15

 

 

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