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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson defends his plans to relax lockdown

Boris Johnson and his colleagues have sought to provide answers to some of the many questions asked about the prime minister’s plan to relax the lockdown in England. The government has published a 50-page document for gradually relaxing the rules. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all said it’s too soon to relax measures to the same extent. They are still telling people to “stay at home”. In England from Wednesday people can go outdoors as often as they want and meet one person from another household in a public space, as long as they respect social distancing. The advice remains to work from home if possible. If it’s not, workers in manufacturing and construction can go back from Wednesday though ideally not by public transport. And in a new development for England people are now advised to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where the 2-metre distancing rule can’t be observed. From June 1st there will be a phased return for schools and nurseries in England, with the goal of getting all primary school pupils back for a month before the summer. More shops will also be able to open and some sporting events will be given the go-ahead, without spectators. From July, hairdressers, some bars and restaurants and leisure facilities could begin to reopen. All of this is conditional on a continued fall in the number of new coronavirus cases. Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

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