The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was joined by Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty, and Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance, at a press briefing yesterday evening. As not all of the four tests for proceeding to step 4 in the UK Government roadmap have been met, step 4 openings will be delayed until Monday 19 July, with the exception of weddings and wakes of more than 30 guests which still can go ahead with social distancing.
The situation will be monitored daily and if after two weeks, the risk looks like it has diminished, it would be possible to move to step 4 earlier. In the meantime, pilots for sporting events such as the Euros and some theatre performances will continue.
Updated guidance on what you can and cannot do
The guidance on what you can and cannot do in England has been updated with a summary of changes from 21 June, including more information on weddings, civil partnerships and commemorative events.
From 21 June, the rules on the number of people who can attend a wedding or civil partnership ceremony, a wedding reception or civil partnership celebration, and a commemorative event will change. The number of people who can attend these events in a COVID-secure venue or other venues (such as a garden of a private home) will be determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event.
Some restrictions on these events will remain in place to enable them to take place safely. This includes table service requirements, face coverings, social distancing, and restrictions on dancing and singing, as at present.
The guidance on wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations is due to be updated later on 15 June.
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