Highlights from the UK Government’s daily press briefing

Thursday, 9 July 2020:

  • DCMS Secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced that outdoor pools and performances can resume from Saturday with social distancing in place.
  • Dowden stated that beauticians, nail salons, and tattooists will also be able to open on Monday.
  • Dowden added that indoor gyms, sports facilities, and pools will be able to reopen from 25 July and that guidance will be published for team sports to return from Saturday.
  • Dowden explained that scientific studies were being conducted to assess the specific risks in the culture industry.
  • In the UK, 287,621 people (642 new cases) tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 44,602 people have died, an increase of 85 fatalities.

Friday, 3 July 2020:

  • The Prime Minister confirmed that there will be a timetable announced next week for the reopening of other businesses which remained closed this weekend.
  • Johnson announced that the number of new COVID-19 infections was reducing, with the R rate between 0.7-0.9 across the country.
  • Johnson added that areas such as Leicester saw greater coronavirus prevalence, resulting in local ‘lockdowns’.
  • The Prime Minister acknowledged the “devastating impact” that quarantine measures had on society and the economy.
  • Johnson stated that “good progress” was being made by workstreams looking into further easing for the fitness and hospitality sectors and highlighted how, generally, there would be a move away from sectoral restrictions and towards geographical measures.
  • On Saturday, Johnson said there will be a “moment of remembrance” to mark those who have lost their lives and that there will be a clap to mark the NHS’s birthday on Sunday.
  • In the UK, 284,276 people (544 new cases) tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 44,131 have died, an increase of 137 fatalities.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020:

  • Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that the ‘five tests’ continue to be met, in relation to sustained and consistent fall in deaths and infections, increased PPE supply, resulting in the continued loosening of lockdown measures.
  • From 4th July 2020 (in England only):
  • Johnson confirmed that the two-metre social distancing rule would be modified, moving to “one metre plus”. He added that with extra measures such as installing screens, making sure people way from each other, and washing hands, this could be done safely.
  • Johnson announced that hotels, B&Bs, self-contained accommodation, campsites, caravan sites, bars, pubs, social clubs, hair salons, outdoor playgrounds, and outdoor gyms, among other premises, could open providing that they are 'COVID-19 secure'.
  • Households can meet with one other household at a time and could stay overnight.
  • Johnson stated that if there were local outbreaks or if the virus was to run out of control, the government would “not hesitate” to reverse some of the changes that have been made at either a local or national level.
  • Today’s briefing was the last daily COVID press conference. Here on, there will only be a COVID-related press conference when there is a significant announcement to be made regarding COVID-19.
  • The information that is usually presented in the slides during the daily briefings will be available on the government's website.
  • In the UK, 306,210 people (874 new cases) tested positive for COVID-19, and of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 42,927 have died, an increase of 171 fatalities.