Manchester news Which coronavirus lockdown easing plans have been postponed? Manchester united news
MetiNews.Com - A string of lockdown restrictions were scheduled to be lifted on August 1 in England
Breaking News ! The government has postponed a planned easing of England’s lockdown on Saturday amid a rise in the prevalence of coronavirus in the community. The announcement was made after tightened lockdown measures were imposed on Greater Manchester and other areas in the north from midnight on Friday. But it appears the whole country wasn’t ready for the next stages of lockdown as the R rate - the average number of people that an infected person passes the virus on to - has crept up. The government's scientific advisory group, SAGE, has said it "does not have confidence" the R number is currently below the paramount figure of 1 in England. Read More Related Articles All the things that you can't do this weekend in Greater Manchester Read More Related Articles 'I'm fed up of letting clients down'... beauticians face another blow after government puts re-opening on hold The latest R rate is estimated to be between 0.8-0.9, with a higher figure in the north west of between 0.8-1.1. The Prime Minister on Friday also said the Office for National Statistics (ONS) had reported that the prevalence of the virus in the community in England was likely to be rising for the first time since May. He said that the ONS estimates there are now 4,900 new infections every day, up from around 3,000 per day on July 14 and 2,000 a day at the end of June.
. What measures were due to be lifted? On July 17, Mr Johnson announced a string of restrictions which were to be lifted on August 1. The government was set to update its guidance telling people to work from home and give employers “more discretion” to make decisions about how their staff can work safely. Mr Johnson also said that bowling alleys and casinos would be able to reopen, weddings of up to 30 people would be allowed and beauticians could resume all close-contact services such as facials and make-up application. Indoor performances to a live audience were to be allowed, as well as reopening conference centres.
Bowling alleys will not be able to go ahead
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What has been postponed? Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, Mr Johnson said casinos, bowling alleys, and skating rinks must remain closed. The remaining close-contact beauty treatments can't resume, while indoor performances will not go ahead. Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place either, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted.
How long will the updates be postponed for? Mr Johnson said that the delay in easing lockdown measures will run until August 15 at the earliest. He said that the government will continue to study the data carefully and “move forward with our intention to open up as soon as we possibly can”. Are some measures still being eased on Saturday? The move to allow more discretion for employers with regard to staff returning to work will still go ahead. Shielding advice for people deemed clinically extremely vulnerable during the peak of the pandemic in England is also due to be paused as planned. The advice on shielding in Scotland will also be paused on Saturday.
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