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Boris Johnson to lead Easter Monday press conference as three big announcements tipped



Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead a coronavirus press conference on Easter Monday as he tells the country the next stages of coming out of lockdown.

It is set to be an important press conference with three massive issues tipped to be on the agenda – incuding foreign travel.

Easter Monday is also an important date for the next stage of lifting the lockdown – opening non-essential shops, hairdressers, pub gardens and more on April 12.

Boris has promised businesses a week’s notice to get ready – so Monday would be the last opportunity to do so.

Covid passports are also expected to be mentioned, according to The Mirror.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the briefing.

Lockdown

The next step in lifting lockdown in England is reopening non-essential shops, hairdressers and pub gardens on April 12.

Boris has promised businesses a week’s notice to get ready – so Monday would be the last opportunity to do so.

As well as non-essential shops, gyms, zoos and theme parks would also be allowed to reopen, and people could go on self-contained domestic holidays if the plans go ahead.

Funerals will continue with up to 30 people but guests at wedding ceremonies and receptions and commemorative events could increase from six to 15.

Foreign travel

For Brits missing their summer holidays, this will be a key issue to listen out for.

A traffic light system for countries is reportedly being considered by the government to get us off on a break.

It could see countries branded red, amber or green depending on the Covid-19 situation there, with different restrictions for travellers in each colour and potentially a ban on red countried altogether.

But sources warn there may be little detail in the announcement from Boris that will give them confidence to book a holiday, and he may not actually list which countried will be considered green.

The date set for foreign travel to resume in the lockdown lifting plan is May 17, but there have been calls to extend this as Europe continues to see a surge in Covid cases.

Covid passports

Controversial Covid passports could also be discussed in Boris’ speech on Easter Monday.

There will definitely be a “passport” style scheme that lets people visit countries abroad which demand proof of a jab but the potential use of them in the UK, for everything from gigs to pubs, is uncertain.

Ministers want to use certification to trial larger crowds at the FA Cup final at Wembley next month, as well as the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield from mid-April.

Boris has said certification could refer to either a vaccine, or whether you’ve had a recent test, or your antibody status – or a combination of the three.

“Those three things working together will, I think, be useful,” he said.  

More than 70 MPs have vowed to oppose the “oppression” of a passport scheme.





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