Highlights from the UK Government’s daily press briefing

Monday 12 July 2021:


This evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a press conference where he confirmed that England would move to the final stage of Roadmap out of lockdown. 

Below are the key highlights from the UK Government’s press briefing:

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson noted that England would move to the final stage of the COVID-19 unlock roadmap on 19 July
  • Johnson noted that the instruction to ‘work from home where you can’ will be removed
  • The government expects and recommends that face coverings are worn in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • The government will set out guidance for businesses who are gradually returning to work over the summer
  • Johnson stated that there would be updated guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable
  • The test, trace, and isolate system will remain in place
  • By 19 July, two-thirds of adults will have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and every adult would have been offered the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Monday 05 July 2021:


This evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a press conference where he set out further detilas on the final step of England’s easing of lockdown restrictions.

Below are the key highlights from the UK Government’s press briefing:

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that all legal COVID-19 restrictions would end at Step 4 of the roadmap, expected to be on 19 July
  • Johnson set out the next steps noting the following:
  • People will no longer be told to work from home
  • Second vaccines for under-40s will be accelerated, occurring after eight weeks instead of 12
  • All businesses will be able to reopen, including nightclubs
  • All legal limits on indoor and outdoor meetings will go
  • The 1-metre rule will be removed
  • Legal obligations to wear a face covering will go. However, guidance will be issued on where to wear them
  • Covid-status certificates will not be required by the government to access venues, but businesses can choose to use them
  • Test and trace will continue, but the government seeks to replace isolation with daily testing
  • Plans to replace bubbles for school pupils will be announced tomorrow
  • Plans to replace isolation for fully vaccinated people returning from amber list countries will be announced this week
  • Johnson added that the final decision on easing lockdown in England would be taken on 12 July
  • The Prime Minister stated that he expects the UK to have offered every adult a first dose by 19 July
  • Johnson confirmed the UK has the highest proportion of the population vaccinated of any nation in Europe, aside from Malta

Monday 14 June 2021:


This evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a press conference where he confirmed that he would delay removing COVID-19 restrictions in England until 19 July.

Below are the key highlights from the UK Government’s press briefing:

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that he would delay the removal of COVID-19 restrictions in England until 19 July
  • The Prime Minister noted that the interval between first and second COVID-19 jabs would be slashed from 12 weeks to 8 weeks for the over-40s
  • Downing Street confirmed that the latest data showed the Delta variant was between 40-80 per cent more transmissible
  • Johnson added that by Monday 19 July, the Government would aim to have double-jabbed 66% of the adult population, including:
  • Everyone over 50
  • All vulnerable people
  • All health workers
  • All frontline workers
  • Everyone over 40 who had received their first dose by mid-May
  • The Prime Minister stated that the target to give every adult a first dose of vaccine would be brought forward to 19 July
  • The Prime Minister noted that if after two weeks the risk diminishes, the government reserves the possibility to proceed to Step 4 of the roadmap

Monday 10 May 2021:


This evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a press conference where he confirmed that England would continue onto the next step on the roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions.

Below are the key highlights from the UK Government’s press briefing:

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the four tests for the further easing of lockdown restrictions have now been reached and that England will be moving to step 3 from Monday 17 May
  • From next Monday, indoor hospitality can reopen, and indoor entertainment can resume
  • Up to 6 people will be able to meet indoors and up to 30 people outdoors
  • The Prime Minister noted that over 35 million have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with almost 18 million having received two doses
  • Johnson noted that hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19 were now at their lowest levels since July 2020
  • The Prime Minister added that there would be details published at the end of May about the role of social distancing
  • Regarding the next step of the roadmap, the Prime Minister said that England remains on track to move to step 4 on 21 June