Downing Street said on Monday due to the spread of the Indian variant, weddings and social distancing measures which were to end on 21 June could now be delayed.
Downing Street are backing down from the Prime Minister’s pledge and Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Monday afternoon, “We want to do it as soon as possible but we need time to assess the latest data on this variant first identified in India so I’m not going to give a set time for doing that.”
He added, “We can’t be definitive at this point because of this variant that has been identified.
“We need to get as much data in so that we can, if at all possible, take the next step.”
The government’s review in to weddings and social distancing is a clear sign 21 June end date could be delayed. However, Johnson will make the announcement in June at the earliest the spokesman said.
Johnson’s spokesman also refused to give a comment if further easing of restrictions would go ahead on Monday afternoon.
“We’re not at the point where we can make a definitive judgment.
“We want to keep a close eye on the data, we want to get as much data in as possible before considering the next steps.”
On Friday Johnson hinted at the delay, he said, “I have to level with you that this could be a serious disruption to our progress and could make it more difficult to move to step 4 in June, and I must again stress we will do whatever it takes to keep the public safe.
“Our surveillance and data gathering is now so advanced, that if there was a danger of the NHS coming under unsustainable pressure, we would see the signs in the data very early on and could react in good time, and that gives us the confidence to continue moving forwards for now.
“But I urge everyone to exercise the greatest caution because the choices we each make in the coming days will have a material effect on the road ahead.”