Boris Johnson postpones latest coronavirus lockdown easing in England

Reversing decision to relax controls on Saturday, PM says it is time to ‘squeeze brake pedal’

Boris Johnson has reversed a decision to relax a range of lockdown restrictions due to come into force in England on Saturday, which would have included the reopening of leisure businesses such as casinos and bowling alleys, and allowing beauty salons to carry out close-up treatments.

Speaking at a hastily arranging Downing Street press conference, the prime minister said it was time to “squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep that virus under control”. The postponement of the new freedoms will be delayed until at least 15 August.

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