Boris Johnson Announces 'Careful' Lockdown Changes From Wednesday

The prime minister said people will be permitted to take “unlimited” outdoor exercise, sunbathe, play sports with members of their household and “drive to other destinations”. But in the pre-recorded speech to the nation on Sunday evening, the PM said while some rules will be relaxed, fines for people who break the lockdown guidelines will be increased. Under the PM’s plan, some of the hospitality industry and other public places could be allowed to reopen from the beginning of July. The UK government has been attempting to pursue a “four nations” approach to the coronavirus outbreak, with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all adopting the same tactics. In his speech, Johnson said: “From this Wednesday we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise. “You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household. He added: “You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them.” In a bid to begin reopening the economy, Johnson said from tomorrow “anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction and manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work”. “It would be madness now to throw away that achievement by allowing a second spike.  “This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week. Instead we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures.” Johnson will set out more details in a speech to parliament tomorrow afternoon.