Lockdown relaxed as govt “reasonably confident” it is safe

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Published on June 1, 2020 by

The Government has defended its decision to further ease the lockdown in England.

The Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said ministers were “reasonably confident” the steps being taken were manageable, but people also had to play their part.

From June 1st all four UK nations will have guidelines in place allowing more than two people to meet outside.

Vulnerable people in England and Wales, who have been advised to stay home since the coronavirus lockdown began, will also be able to go outdoors again. Shielding advice in Northern Ireland and Scotland hasn’t changed.

The first phase in the reopening of schools will begin in England, with children in nurseries and Years One and Six to return. And, provided they meet safety guidelines to protect shoppers and workers — open air markets and car showrooms can also start to trade again.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Political Correspondent Chris Mason, Duncan Kennedy in Plymouth, and from Health Editor Hugh Pym.

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