Boris Johnson made an announcement to reopen the economy today (April 5th).
Boris spoke of his glamorous new briefing center and was accompanied by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance.
He talked about reopening shops, gyms and of course pubs.
What did Boris Johnson say in his announcement today?
The prime minister said he is making a roadmap and sticking to it.
Therefore, on Monday April 12th, shops, gyms and outdoor hospitality may reopen.
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He said, “I can confirm today that from Monday we will move on to step two of our roadmap – reopening shops, gyms, zoos, campsites and beer gardens, and all kinds of outdoor hospitality.”
Boris added: “On Monday the 12th, I’ll go to the pub myself and carefully but irreversibly lift a pint of beer to my lips.”
Changes in nursing home rules
There is also good news for those with relatives in a nursing home.
We have defined our roadmap and are sticking to it. We don’t see anything in the available data that leads us to believe that we need to deviate from this roadmap.
“We’re also increasing the number of visitors to nursing homes from one to two so residents can see more of their loved ones,” he said.
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Boris backed up his statement by saying, “We believe that these changes are fully justified by the data.”
He added, “We have set our roadmap and are sticking to it. We don’t see anything in the data that makes us believe we need to deviate from this roadmap.”
Boris Johnson announcement today: The reopening comes with a warning
However, he warned the audience of the briefing.
“But, and you know I’m going to say this, we can’t be complacent,” he said.
“We can see the waves of disease affecting other countries, and we’ve seen this story go.
“We still don’t know how strong the vaccine protection will be if the cases start to rise and I fear they will go up. Please get your vaccine when it comes and use the free NHS tests, when they come, “he said.
Boris then reiterated the fact that one in three is asymptomatic with coronavirus.
Will the British be asked to carry COVID passports?
The Prime Minister also spoke about the “possible role of COVID status certification”.
He was asked if people needed to bring a COVID passport to the pub.
“The most important thing is that there is absolutely no question of whether people will be asked to provide certification when they go to the shops, pub garden or hairdresser on Monday.
“Indeed, we are not planning that for step three on May 17th either. We hope to open up indoor hospitality and so on.
“But what is certainly true is the idea that vaccination status is useful for international travel, something that all countries are looking into and we need to think about it.”
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