Professor Chris Whitty suggests Britons will have to sacrifice meeting friends and family


What lockdown easing measures have been postponed today? 

Wedding receptions of more than 30 people will no longer be allowed to take place today as had been planned. They are delayed until at least August 14

Test sporting events will be put on ice for the next two weeks until August 15. 

Close contact beauty services such as facials cannot open until at least August 15. 

Casinos, bowling alleys  and ice rinks cannot reopen until the same date.

But Boris Johnson urged workers to return to work as planned from next week.

Face masks will be compulsory in most indoor public spaces including places of worship and museums. 

Police will have new powers to enforce social distancing rules including the wearing of face masks. 

Britain was last night braced for new restrictions on meeting friends and family as the price for getting children back to school.

Boris Johnson said he was ‘squeezing the brake pedal’ on easing lockdown measures after infections doubled in a month.

It came hours before a swathe of businesses were due to reopen. At a gloomy Downing Street press conference, chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned the country had ‘probably reached near the limit or the limits’ of what can be done to return to life as normal for now.

He suggested trade-offs would have to be made if schools are to reopen in September, with some restrictions being reimposed. 

Families could be asked to avoid using public transport or meeting other households under one option. 

Meanwhile, more than two million people who have been shielding from the virus at home will no longer need to isolate in most of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from today. 

Professor Whitty warned: ‘We have probably reached near the limit or the limits of what we can do in terms of opening up society. The idea that we can open up everything and keep the virus under control is clearly wrong.

‘What that means, potentially, is that if we wish to do more things in the future, we may have to do less of some…

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