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Johnson Describes ‘Careful Modification’ of Coronavirus Guidelines

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain addressed Parliament about plans to slowly ease lockdown measures after a vague televised speech caused confusion.

We have begun our descent from the peak of the epidemic. But our journey has reached the most perilous moment, where a wrong move could be disastrous. So at this stage, we can go no further than to announce the first careful modification of our measures. So people should continue to avoid public transport, wherever possible, because we must maintain social distancing, which will inevitably limit capacity. Instead people should drive or better still, walk or cycle. With more activity outside our homes, we would now advise people to wear a cloth face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible. All of our precautions will count for little if our country is reinfected from overseas. So I give notice that we shall introduce new restrictions at the U.K. border, requiring 14 days of self-isolation for international arrivals, while respecting our common travel area with Ireland. No earlier than July, we may be able to move to Step 3 if and only if supported by the data and the best scientific advice. We would then open — aim to reopen, aim to reopen some remaining businesses including potentially hospitality, cinemas and hairdressers, as well as places of worship and leisure facilities. And this will depend on maintaining social distancing, and new ways of providing services.

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