Boris Johnson delays Covid Lockdown easing by four weeks
Government sources have confirmed that most Covid Lockdown rules will remain in place in England for another four weeks after the planned 21 June unlocking.
Senior ministers have signed off on the decision to delay the lifting of all legal restrictions on social contact.
That could mean capacity limits for sports, pubs and cinemas will remain, and nightclubs would stay closed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to confirm the delay at a news conference later today.
England was due to move to stage four of the government's roadmap out of lockdown on 21 June, when venues and events would be allowed to operate without capacity limits and the cap on guests at weddings would also be lifted.
But many scientists have called for the reopening to be delayed to enable more people to be vaccinated and receive second doses, amid rising cases of the Delta variant.
All areas of Scotland are due to move to Level Zero Covid restrictions on 28 June - meaning bigger groups can gather in cafés, pubs and restaurants, although they will still have to observe social distancing.
Limits on indoor gatherings in Northern Ireland are scheduled to be relaxed on 21 June and the current rules in Wales will be reviewed on 25 June.
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