Coronavirus: PM postpones lockdown easing in England
The further easing of coronavirus restrictions in England - due to come in this weekend - has been postponed for at least two weeks, amid concerns over an increase in coronavirus cases.
Mr Johnson said planned reopening for 1 August would be delayed for at least a fortnight.
That means venues such as casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed until 15 August.
Indoor performances will also not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and the planned expansion of wedding receptions to allow up to 30 people will not be permitted.
Beauty salons will also be unable to start offering treatments that involve the face, such as eyelash, eyebrow and threading treatments.
But planned changes to guidance for people who have been shielding during the pandemic, and advice for employers, will still go ahead.
Separately, face coverings will be compulsory in more indoor settings where people are likely to come into contact with people they do not know, such as museums and places of worship, from next weekend. They are already required in shops, banks, airports and other indoor transport hubs.
The prime minister said the rules for face coverings would become enforceable in law from 8 August.
Posted on Jul 30, 2020.
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