BORIS JOHNSON: Three big announcements expected on Monday
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson will host a COVID-19 press conference on Monday as he reveals the next stages of exiting lockdown.
Three major issues are expected to the discussed in what is considered an important briefing.
Easter Monday is a big date for the next stage of lifting the lockdown with the opening non-essential shops, hairdressers, pub gardens and more sectors planned for April 12. The Prime Minister has promised businesses a week's notice to get ready - so Monday would be the last opportunity to do so.
Zoo’s, theme parks and gyms would also be given the green light to re-open. Funerals will continue with up to 30 people but guests at wedding receptions and ceremonies and commemorative events could increase from six to 15. Self-contained domestic holidays could also commence if government plans are implemented.
COVID VACCINATION PASSPORTS
The controversial Covid passport scheme is also likely to be discussed.
It’s is expected that a scheme to allow visiting of countries abroad, which demand proof of vaccination will be implemented. However the use of such a scheme for entry to bars and restaurants at home is still uncertain.
Ministers believe that a passport style scheme may be necessary to trial larger crowds at the FA Cup final taking place at Wembley in May.
More than 70 MP’s have opposed what some have called the ‘oppression’ of a passport scheme. The Prime Minister has said certification could refer to your antibody status, a vaccine or whether you have had a recent test - or a combination of all three factors.
The government is reportedly planning a traffic light system to enable people to make a foreign getaway.
Countries would be labelled red, amber or green depending on their COVID-19 infection rates and handling of the situation.
Different restrictions would be in place depending on the colour coding with red likely to mean no travel to those destinations.
Sources suggest there may be scant detail in Monday’s update with no revelation expected on which countries will be labelled green. This will make any planning for summer getaways difficult.
May 17 is that date planned to allow the resumption of foreign travel however there are growing calls for this date to be extended following a surge in cases across Europe.
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