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Lockdown ‘roadmap’ amid bank holiday weekend warning

Islington Council says social-distancing rules will still apply, as government prepares to announce first easing of restrictions

08 May, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

A “ROADMAP” out of lockdown will be revealed on Sunday, the Foreign Secretary said last night, as the official number of coronavirus deaths in the UK rose by 539 in 24 hours to 30,615.

Dominic Raab said at the ­daily Downing Street briefing yesterday (Thursday) that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lay out “appropriate measures” to be taken at “appropriate milestones” over the coming weeks.

The first easing of restrictions is likely to focus on outdoor activities, where scientists have advised that the risk of the virus spreading is much lower.

The lockdown measures, which legally have to be renewed every three weeks, were reinstated last night.

Mr Raab said some changes “can more confidently be introduced than others”. He added: “Because we held firm three weeks ago we are now in a position to start to think about the next phase in the pandemic.”

Islington Council leader Richard Watts called on the public to remember that all social distancing and lockdown rules will still apply during this bank holiday weekend.


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