Barbecues and garden parties to be allowed from end of June as hopes grow families can enjoy summer together – The Sun

BRITS will be able to meet their friends and families again as garden parties and barbecues are set to be allowed from the end of June.

Boris Johnson unveiled the latest plans for a further relaxation of lockdown rules yesterday.

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The Prime Minister said small social gatherings will be allowed to take place from the end of June.

He hailed the move as a step on the road to "rebuilding our country" and urged Brits to "spend" to help the economy to "bounce back".

Mr Johnson said people should "get out and enjoy themselves in the open air from June 1" if they can.

The new proposals may be part of a wider move to allow people to mix in "social bubbles" of up to 10 people outdoors.

'SOCIAL BUBBLES'

The Government’s 50-page roadmap to end the lockdown suggested that people can designate another household to socialise with.

The document reads: "The intention of this change would be to allow those who are isolated some more social contact, and to reduce the most harmful effects of the current social restrictions, while continuing to limit the risk of chains of transmission."

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) is understood to have advised ministers that infection from coronavirus is much less likely outdoors.

The PM said the relaxation of measures was possible as infection rates have remained low and he thanked Brits for following social distancing rules.

According to the latest figures, 261,184 people in the UK have tested positive for Covid-19 and 36,914 have died.

Mr Johnson said at the Downing Street press conference yesterday: "We are making good progress, but that progress is conditional, provisional.

"We must keep reducing the incidence of this disease."

A senior government source said last night: "We are looking at ways in which we can ease some social restrictions, so we can have some social contact."

From June 1, Reception, Year One and Year Six pupils will return to school, Mr Johnson said.

Year 10 and Year 12 students are expected to go back to their classes on June 15.

Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to get back to business from June 1.

SOCIAL CONTACT

The Prime Minister said: "I want to give the retail sector notice of our intentions to reopen shops, so they too can get ready.

"So I can announce that it is our intention to allow outdoor markets to reopen from June 1, subject to all premises being made Covid-secure, as well as car showrooms, which often have significant outdoor space and where it is generally easier to apply social distancing.

"We know that the transmission of the virus is lower outdoors and that it is easier to follow Covid-secure guidelines in open spaces.

"That means we can also allow outdoor markets to reopen in a safe way that does not risk causing a second wave of the virus."

All other non-essential shops –  from department stores to small independent shops -will be allowed to reopen their doors from June 15.


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