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Boris Johnson is driving COVID curb lifting in England – POLITICO

LONDON – Boris Johnson will push the UK Unlock on May 17th, Downing Street said on Sunday night.

As of this date, six people or two households will be allowed to meet indoors and 30 people will be allowed to meet outdoors. Most businesses are open to reopening, and pubs and restaurants customers can eat and drink indoors. Cinemas and children’s playgrounds can also be reopened.

Major events and sporting events are allowed to resume with a reduced capacity for spectators, and weddings and funerals can be held for up to 30 people.

In comments published by No. 10 ahead of a press conference on Monday at which Johnson will confirm the move, the UK Prime Minister said his roadmap out of lockdown was “on track”.

“The data reflects what we already knew – we are not going to let this virus beat us,” added Johnson. Downing Street said infection rates have dropped to their lowest level since September and more than 35 million people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

The Office for National Statistics estimates 1 in 1,180 people have COVID-19, up from 1 in 480 in early April.

In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove confirmed that friends and family may be hugged again from May 17th.

“Friendly contact, intimate contact between friends and family is something we want to restore,” said Gove.

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