𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫'𝐬 𝐮𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲:
"Today, the weekly survey by the Office for National Statistics reports that the prevalence of the virus in the community in England is likely to be rising for the first time since May.
Around 1 in 1,500 now have the virus, compared to 1 in 1,800 on 15 July and 1 in 2,000 on 2 July. The ONS also estimate there are now 4,900 new infections every day, up from around 3,000 per day on 14 July and 2,000 per day at the end of June.
We can’t afford to ignore this evidence.
Today's update means:
• Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed. Our initial plan to reopen these services on 1 August will not go ahead, and they must remain closed until 15 August at the earliest.
• Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place.
• Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines.
• We will extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings where you are likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship. We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings, and this will become enforceable in law from 8 August
"The way to get there and to achieve that optimum outcome is if we all follow the rules, wash our hands, cover our faces, keep our distance – and get a test if we have symptoms, so that NHS Test and Trace can keep the virus under control.
This is how we will avoid a return to full national lockdown"