By Rachael Grealish
The last hopes of a June 21 ‘freedom day’ have been dashed as the Prime Minister has confirmed a four-week delay in lifting lockdown.
Speaking from Downing Street today, Monday June 14, Boris Johnson has said England will not move to step four of the COVID-19 lockdown roadmap next week.
He said: “Since today we cannot say we have met all our four tests for proceeding with step four on June 21, I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer.
This means the lifting of restrictions isn’t now due to take place until Monday July 19.
“By Monday July 19 we will aim to have double jabbed around two thirds of the adult population including everyone over 59, all the vulnerable and all the frontline workers,” he continued.
This decision is down to the four tests not being met and the PM said the link between cases and hospitalisations has been ‘weakened’ but not completely severed, so more time must be given to get more people jabs.
During the press conference Johnson did say over-40s will only have to wait eight weeks rather than 12 weeks for their second jab, he says, while 23 and 24-year-olds will start to be offered a vaccine from tomorrow, Tuesday June 15.
And the PM has brought forward the commitment to offer every adult a jab from the end of July to July 21.
However, all is not lost though, from June 21 weddings can still go ahead with more than 30 guests – providing social distancing can be observed.
The PM also said the crucial thing he is agreeing to is to ‘keep going with the openings we have in place, and to not go backwards’ – so pubs and restaurants will continue to open as they are currently.