The United Kingdom has announced a delay in lifting restrictions on coronavirus blockade in England.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson intended to continue to ease measures taken by residents over the past few months, but concerns about the increase in cases have forced him to suspend any such plans, according to the BBC.
“On Saturday, August 1, we hoped to open a number of high-risk facilities in England, which remained closed. Today, I am afraid we will postpone these changes for at least a day and a half,” Johnson told a news conference, according to Reuters.
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“I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people … I̵7;m very sorry about that, but we just can’t take the risk.”
In the next phase, the casino and bowling alleys were planned to reopen, and the number of weddings was set at 30 people.
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Pilot programs to limit the number of sports grounds and conference centers are also delayed. The face should be mandatory for premises such as places of worship and cinemas.
The decision stems from reports of an increase in positive tests in various parts of the country.
Health Minister Matt Hancock also said in a tweet on Thursday that the government plans to step up closure measures in some parts of northern England, including Blackburn, Burnley, Hindburn, Pendle and Rossendale.
“The prevalence is largely due to the fact that households meet, rather than adhering to social distancing,” Hancock said. “So from midnight tonight, people from different households are not allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas.”
He added on Friday morning: “We are taking this step with a heavy heart, but it is so important that people follow the rules of social distance so that we can control the virus and save lives.”
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Johnson said the government would apply the rules to cover the face from August 8.