Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party, has postponed the return of wedding receptions and indoor entertainment venues in England. The postponement takes effect from 1 August to at least 15 August. This is in response to a rise in coronavirus cases.
In a hastily-planned press conference at 10 Downing Street the day after the imposition of new lockdown restrictions in the North-West, Mr Johnson said it was time to “squeeze the brake pedal” on the return to normal life.
He announced a delay on a raft of changes less than 24 hours before they were due to come into effect on Saturday, including extending the ban on wedding receptions of up to 30 people, indoor theatrical performances and entertainment venues including casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks, as well as close-contact services in settings like beauty salons.
And he announced an extension to requirements to wear face-coverings, to include museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.
Repeatedly stating his new coronavirus mantra of “hands, face, space” to remind Britons to wash their hands, not to touch their face and to maintain space from others, Mr Johnson said he was not scaling back plans to reopen businesses and workplaces which have seen people encouraged to see whether they can stop working from home from next week.
But he said: “Our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal… in order to keep the virus under control.
“On Saturday 1 August, you’ll remember we had hoped to reopen a number of the higher-risk settings that had remained closed and today I’m saying we’re postponing those changes for at least a fortnight.
“That means until 15 August at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.
“Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted.”