The lifting of lockdown restrictions in England is considered to be delayed by a month from the planned date of June 21, as per the government sources. Senior ministers have signed on the decision to delay the easing of all legal restrictions on social contact. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will confirm the delay later on at the news conference. The lockdown extension will be put to the vote and can trigger a good amount of Conservative backbench rebellion. However, many scientists have appreciated the reopening to be delayed as more people needs vaccination and also require to receive second doses as the cases are rising.
Edward Argar, the health minister, said that he could not confirm the news ahead of the announcement from the prime minister. But there was a greater increase in Delta variant cases, and numbers in hospitals are starting to creep up. The most critical cases were among the unvaccinated people and the people who had their one dose. He further added at the present rates of vaccination for over four weeks, and they can administer around 10 million second doses for increasing the protection. Mr. Argar stated the prime minister would address the problems of economic support in the announcement and stated that he was extremely sensitive to the situation of couples who already postponed their wedding multiple times.
The Break Clause
Damian Green, the former Conservative cabinet minister, said that he wanted to see the extension decision reviewed as more information becomes available. He thinks if it is a month-long, then there should remain a break clause after two to three weeks so that they can tell by that time whether the rise in cases is not resulting in a sort of increase in serious illness or not. Then they will be able to unlock on an early date.
On Sunday, Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, told reporters that the government does not want to fluctuate in and out of measures. The decision of postponing the unlocking procedures would depend on whether the connection between infections and admissions in hospitals had been critical. Under the fourth stage of the roadmap, the events and venues would be allowed to operate without any capacity limits normally, and the cap on wedding guests will also be lifted. Even though the restrictions will be removed, the rules of social distancing and face coverings will remain in place.