• Savannah Mayo

Lockdown extension announced 14th June 2021

Sourced from BBC (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57464097 / https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52530518)

Boris Johnson has announced that the easing of lockdown restrictions will be delayed by 4 weeks, until 19th July. This has been done to allow more people to get vaccinated, and because there are concerns over the Delta variant of the Coronavirus.

Cases are growing by about 64% per week and in the worst affected areas are doubling, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

However, a few restrictions are being lifted:

· The number of guests at a wedding will no longer be limited to 30, although venues and hosts will have to do a risk assessment to ensure social distancing can take place (similar rules apply to wakes).

· Care home residents will not necessarily have to self-isolate after leaving their care homes, and they will be able to nominate an "essential care-giver" who can visit, even if they are self-isolating.

· Children can go on overnight trips in groups of 30 with, for example, the Scouts or Guides, or as part of summer residential schools.

· Also, large events pilots will continue, including more Euro 2020 games and a number of other sports, arts, and music events.

The restrictions to stay in place (which were expected to lift on 21 June) are:

· Limits on the number of people who can mix indoors and outdoors.

· Pubs, clubs, theatres, and cinemas still have to operate within capacity limits.

· Limited numbers of people allowed to attend sports events.

· Nightclubs remain closed.

Ministers still have to consider the findings of reviews on face coverings and social distancing before deciding when all limits could be lifted.

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