Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned on Friday that lockdown easing has immediately been put on hold as coronavirus cases are slightly rising in England.
Speaking from Downing Street Johnson addressed the nation and said that we are not ready to ease any further lockdown measures from tomorrow [Saturday].
The Prime Minister told the nation that in “many ways progress continues,” but he warned “we can’t fool ourselves that we are exempt” from a possible second wave hitting England.
Johnson added, “We can’t afford to ignore the evidence,” and “I won’t stand by allowing this virus to cause more pain.”
In starting his address, he said, “I’ve consistently warned that this virus could come back and that we would not hesitate to take swift and decisive action as required.
“I’m afraid that in parts of Asia and in Latin America, the virus is gathering pace and some of our European friends are also struggling to keep it under control.
“As we see these rises around the world, we can’t fool ourselves that we are exempt.
“We must be willing to react to the first signs of trouble.”
He added: “On Saturday August 1, you’ll remember we had hoped to reopen a number of the higher-risk settings that had remained closed and today I’m saying we’re postponing those changes for at least a fortnight.
“That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.
“Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted.”