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THE Downing Street press briefings offer an update to the British public on the ongoing battle against coronavirus.
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Boris Johnson delivered his last Downing Street press briefing on Tuesday April 20, 2021Credit: Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street / BEEM
When is Boris Johnson’s next Covid announcement?
It is not yet known when the next Government Covid update will be, Boris Johnson delivered his last Downing Street press briefing on Tuesday April 20, 2021.
Before Mr Johnson’s appearance it had been over two weeks since the Government last held a Covid-19 press conference.
All government meetings and business was halted for eight days in the run up to the funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, 2021.
The very first UK Downing Street Covid-19 press conference was held on Monday 16 March.
The PM appeared with England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, and the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
How can I watch Boris Johnson’s announcement?
The Downing Street conference usually takes place from 5pm and is broadcast through various formats.
Viewers can watch the presser on the Sun’s official YouTube account
In addition, our live coronavirus blog provides real time updates and reports as details emerge.
What is England’s roadmap out of lockdown?
The Prime Minister created a four stage roadmap to take England out of lockdown.
Mr Johnson said the new measures would “cautiously but irreversibly” take the nation out of restrictions which came into force on January 5, 2021.
In the first major easing of restrictions, non-essential shops and hairdressers reopened on April 12.
From this date, Brits were permitted to enjoy a drink in pub beer gardens once again as long as they stay seated.
Rules about ordering food and a 10pm curfew from previous lockdowns did not return.
Pubs and restaurants can now offer outdoor seating with table service, but social distancing and the Rule of Six will stay in place.
May 17 will mark the lifting of many indoor restrictions currently in place across the UK.
Pubs, cinemas and indoor bingo halls will reopen their doors to allow customers inside and fans will once again be able to watch live sport and music at stadiums and arenas, with social distancing.
In the first major easing of restrictions, non-essential shops and hairdressers reopened on April 12
Outdoor stadiums will be limited to 25 per cent capacity up to 10,000 fans.
Smaller outdoor events will be limited to 50 per cent capacity up to 4,000 fans and indoor events 50 per cent up to 1,000 people.
Wembley Stadium is scheduled to host the semi-finals and final of the delayed Euro 2020 in July.
The number of attendees allowed at weddings will rise to 30.
Two households can go away together and stay overnight, but must try to stick to social distancing.
But Brits have been warned not to book summer holidays abroad yet as the ban on foreign travel may not be lifted on May 17.
Boris warned it is “still too soon to know what is possible” due to the risk of allowing Covid variants into the country.
Pubs and restaurants can now offer outdoor seating with table service, but social distancing and the Rule of Six will stay in placeCredit: Getty – Pool
However a traffic light system grading countries on their level of infection danger was confirmed yesterday.
Only holidaymakers heading to green countries with good vaccine roll-outs and low Covid rates will be allowed to dodge quarantine.
Vaccine passports are set to be introduced within months to get football matches, holidays, and packed pubs back.
A plan published by No 10 yesterday suggests the Government is on course to introduce Covid certificates in time for the end of lockdown on June 21.
Under the plan landlords may be forced to demand proof of vaccination from punters if they want to drop crippling social distancing rules.
Nightclubs will be allowed to welcome party-goers for the first time since last March.
It is also hoped restrictions round weddings will also be scrapped, with a decision due to be taken nearer the time based on the numbers of deaths and the success of the vaccination rollout.