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.