Daily Express|May 29, 2020
Families and friends will be allowed to reunite following months apart after Boris Johnson eased lockdown rules.
The Prime Minister announced that outdoor gatherings of up to six people will be permitted from Monday as long as social distancing rules are still observed.
Barbecues and garden parties got the green light, as well as get-togethers in parks, beaches and other outdoor venues.
And grandparents will finally be able to see their grandchildren again, although shielding advice for the most vulnerable to coronavirus remains in force.
The PM said: “I know that for many this will be a long-awaited and joyful moment.”
Mr Johnson also confirmed that primary schools and nurseries will start some classes for the children of non-key workers from Monday. Secondaries will follow a fortnight later. NHS dentists will be encouraged to reopen from June 8. Outdoor markets and car showrooms have been permitted to start trading on Monday with other non-essential shops reopening from the middle of the month.
Mr Johnson announced the loosening of the lockdown at the daily Downing Street briefing and revealed Covid-19 had claimed 377 more lives. The tragic total stands at 37,837.
He said: “I know the toll that lockdown has taken on families and friends who have been unable to see each other.
“So from Monday we will allow up to six people to meet outside, provided those from different households continue strictly to observe social distancing rules by staying two metres apart.
“These changes mean friends and family can start to meet their loved ones, perhaps seeing both parents at once, or both grandparents at once.”
He said the “hard work and sacrifice” of the British people meant the Government’s five tests for easing the lockdown had been met, allowing the country to move to a new phase.
The NHS is coping with the outbreak, the peak of deaths has passed and the rate of new infections is decreasing.
Progress is also being made in the effort to supply medical and care home staff with personal protective equipment.
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May 29, 2020