What time is Boris Johnson's Covid update today? What will he say about England's June 21 'Freedom Day'?
Boris Johnson will address the nation about whether Covid restrictions will be eased in England later this month.
For the English, June 21 has been nicknamed ‘Freedom Day’ as that is when the UK Government said most lockdown rules – like social distancing – would be scrapped.
However, today Mr Johnson is expected to announce a delay to this easing of restrictions.
When is Boris Johnson’s announcement?
The Prime Minister will be making his announcement at 6pm this evening.
He will be joined by England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and the UK Government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.
You will be able to watch live on BBC or Sky News – on television, BBC iPlayer, or YouTube for Sky.
What is he expected to say?
Boris Johnson is expected to delay the easing of restrictions in England by another four weeks after June 21.
It means English people will have to wait longer for the easing of all rules around social contact, reopening of nightclubs, and the lifting of limited capacities for group events.
This decision is thought to be due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant across the population.
MPs are set to vote on the proposed extension later this month – and there’s expected to be some rebellion from lockdown-sceptic Tory backbenchers.
Many people south of the border have expressed frustration at this update after months of lockdown.
The hashtag #ImDone has been trending on Twitter today in reaction to the news.
When is Scotland’s ‘Freedom Day’?
Scotland’s approach to Covid restrictions has been different to England’s throughout the pandemic.
However, with the Delta Variant and rising coronavirus cases, it is not certain whether this will still be the case.
We’ll be keeping you informed with the very latest updates as they happen.
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