Boris Johnson hints 2m social distancing will soon end – ‘watch this space’ – Latest News

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A Downing Street team is already running an urgent review of the two-metre rule to be concluded in the coming weeks.

The Prime Minister was on a visit to Bovingdon Primary School in Hertfordshire when he made the remarks.

The Prime Minister made the remarks on a visit to Bovingdon Primary School in Hertfordshire, saying: “We will be putting in further changes as the science allows”

He said: ‘Now is the time to come back, get your kids back into school’

A Downing Street team is already running an urgent review of the two-metre distance rule

“Now is the time to come back, get your kids back into school.

Boris Johnson has suggested the two-metre social distancing rule could be scrapped, telling Brits to “watch this space”.

“And of course, on the social distancing measures – as I’ve said – watch this space. We will be putting in further changes as the science allows.

Johnson today told Sky News: “Schools are safe to come back to for early years, for reception, for year one and year six in primary, year 10 and 12 in secondary.

He added: “We are moving now from a world in which we have to impose a huge one-size-fits-all national lockdown programme to one in which we are able to do more localised responses.”

“I think that’s what the public also wants to see, they want to see us working with the reality.”

It comes hours after Health Secretary, Matt Hancock insisted England’s schools won’t relax social distancing rules until coronavirus is “under control”.

Asked if he wanted every pupil to be able to go back five days a week, the PM responded: “I do. I’m making no bones about it, I think that’s the way forward for our country.”

Johnson said it is the government’s aim to get every student back in school September, adding: “I am sure we can get it done.”

Current distancing rules force schools to split pupils into 15-strong “bubbles”, doubling the number of classes.

Health chiefs today officially downgraded the Covid-19 alert level.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre recommended that the Covid-19 alert level be reduced from four to three – meaning the bug is still out there but transmission is no longer “high or rising exponentially”.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Test and Trace system had meant local outbreaks were spotted quickly and mobile testing units dispatched to track infected people.

The recommendation comes despite parts of Leicestershire and West Yorkshire seeing Covid-19 cases worryingly spike following the easing of lockdown.

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