Changes to Lockdown Announced

The Prime Minister has announced that, from Monday 1 June, groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England, provided those from different households observe social distancing rules by staying two metres apart.

These changes mean people can start to meet their loved ones outdoors - something which I am sure will bring joy to many.

This is only possible due to everyone's hard work in containing the virus.

As the Government’s five tests are being met, Primary schools will welcome back children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on 1 June, and nurseries and other early years settings will be reopened. On 15 June, secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges will begin to provide some face-to-face contact time for Year 10 and 12 and the equivalent groups in further education.

Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, provided they meet COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers, and thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres will also begin to reopen later in June.

The Prime Minister also announced yesterday that dentists will be able to reopen from 8th June. I know this will be very much welcomed by many constituents who have been waiting for urgent treatment.

The Government will closely monitor the impact of the changes, aided by the new NHS Test and Trace programme, and continue to follow the scientific advice to ensure the five tests continue to be met before any further steps are taken.

Robert Courts MP