England could lift event restrictions from 21 June

Martin Fullard | CMW

Most restrictions on events taking place in England could be lifted by 21 June, UK prime minister Boris Johnson has said. However, some events may be permitted to go ahead with restricted capacities, with up to 1,000 people or 50% capacity permitted from 17 May. Further pilot events will be run from this time, with testing. Addressing the House of Commons, 22 February, the prime minister revealed his roadmap out of lockdown, which he said was contingent on “data, not dates”. However, he also hinted that testing could be needed in order for large events to take place but did not specify any further details. Ahead of the provisional 21 June start date, which the prime minister stressed would only be given the go ahead seven days in advance subject to infection rates, further pilot events would be run. “We will pilot larger events using enhanced testing with the ambition of the further easing of restrictions in the next step,” he said. “Step four will begin no earlier than the 21 June. With appropriate mitigations we will aim to remove all legal limits on social contact, on wedding, and on other live events. We will open everything up to and...

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