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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new changes to the way in which the lockdown will be handled. Speaking from Downing Street during a press conference today, Friday, July 17, the Prime Minister said: “At the start of the pandemic, we knew far less about the spread of the virus and we had to take blanket national action. National lockdown was undoubtedly the right thing to do and has saved many thousands of lives. Now, however, we know more about the virus, we understand the epidemiology better and our intelligence about where it is spreading has vastly improved.”
The 5 key points you need to know
Mr Johnson today announced five key points in the lockdown going forward, which will change some of the rules currently in place.
The Government has said it will shift the reponsibility of lockdowns onto local authorities, which will give them more power to impose lockdowns within their areas if they feel it necessary to do so.
From Saturday, July 18, local authorities in England will have the power to tackle coronavirus outbreaks.
This means they will be able to close specific premises and venues, close outdoor spaces and cancel events.
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Grandparents ‘ok’ to help with childcare
The Prime Minister Wass asked a question about childcare, and whether or not grandparents were allowed to look after their grandchildren.
Mr Johnson said it “would be OK” for grandparents to fall within the social bubble.
He said: “Clearly looking through to the spring, the long-term impacts that social distancing will have on many, impacts of the economy.
“It may be conceivably be possible to move away from the social distancing measures. But on your childcare, you are going to be OK.”
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More businesses can reopen
More non-essential businesses including bowling alleys, ice rinks and casinos will be allowed to reopen along with more “close contact beauticians” from August 1.
The Prime Minister also announced that most remaining leisure centres would be allowed to reopen from this date.
Indoor performances with live audiences would be allowed and trials and will begin of larger gatherings in places like sports stadiums with “a view to a wider reopening in the autumn”.
Close contact beauticians include eyelash technicians and beauty salons where you can get lip fillers or botox.
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