Boris Johnson confirms UK coronavirus restrictions to be extended until 19 July
The restrictions were initially due to be lifted on 21 June.
Boris Johnson has confirmed that coronavirus restrictions in the UK will be extended until 19 July in an attempt to curb the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.
The British Prime Minister announced the setback to the final phase of his plan to end the lockdown on Monday.
Johnson confirmed the news at a Downing Street press conference, saying that the end of all legal limits which were due to run out on 21 June, would now be pushed back to 19 July.
The move will mean that limits on numbers at pubs, cinemas, and events will stay in place.
Meanwhile, nightclubs will remain shut and people are being asked to work from home where possible.
The trial live events which have been piloted across the country will continue to take place.
He added that he hopes deaths and hospitalisations will be reduced by that point because two-thirds of adults will have then been offered both vaccine doses.
The politician said that restrictions may be lifted earlier, on 5 July, if the data shows a drastic improvement by then - however, he noted that this is an "unlikely" outcome.
Johnson also announced a limited easing of restrictions to take place from the initially proposed 21 June date.
These will include the lifting of the 30 person limit on weddings, receptions, and wakes - with limits now set to be decided by venues based on social distancing needs.