19 july

Boris Johnson’s Covid double act

Boris Johnson used today’s press conference to unveil the government’s plan for stage four of the roadmap. Announcing that the public need to learn to live with Covid, the Prime Minister declared his intention from 19 July to reopen all remaining businesses, lift limits on gatherings and lift the bulk of rules on wearing a mask. While no final decision on what happens on 19 July will be made until next week, Johnson said it was time to move away from ‘legal restrictions and allow people to make their own informed decisions’. Although the contents of the PM’s statement points towards a big bang reopening, Johnson’s tone was rather more cautious. He warned