Boris Johnson speech: When is the PM's next announcement?

BORIS Johnson is set to lead another Downing Street briefing, after it was revealed Britain had hit its 15million Covid vaccine target 24 hours early.

Here is everything we know about the upcoming announcement.

When is Boris Johnson's next announcement? 

The Prime Minister is expected to speak from No10 tomorrow evening.

Boris Johnson is expected to begin the coronavirus press briefing at 5pm, with the nation watching and waiting for the latest update on the coronavirus pandemic.

What is Boris Johnson expected to announce?

Boris Johnson is set to lay out more plans for easing of England’s lockdown restrictions.

Most certainly is an update on the reopening of schools in England.

Boris is also set to reveal more details about when schools can fully reopen and how pupils will return to classrooms.

The PM previously said getting kids back to school hinges on vaccinating the most vulnerable by the deadline.

This includes all over-70s, extremely vulnerable individuals, care home residents and staff and frontline healthcare workers.

But the programme is so advanced in some areas that over-50s are asked to come forward to get the jab. 

It is now hoped kids will be back in the classroom by March 8.

Boris told MPs last week: "I will be setting out as much as we can say on Monday and then in the week of the 22nd we’ll be setting out a road map and setting out the way forward for schools."

The full details of lockdown easing will be published a week tomorrow, on February 22, in the PM's roadmap plan.

The Prime Minister will set out a plan that will see outdoor mixing and leisure.

Current rules mean people may only meet outdoors for exercise – while standing up.

But the restrictions will be slightly relaxed with Brits allowed to sit down outdoors with one friend or family member or their own household or bubble.

This means from March 8, pals could enjoy a picnic in the park for the first time since the third lockdown was imposed.


 

The opening of non-essential shops is expected to follow in a major boost to the flailing High Street.

And in a huge relief for thirsty Brits and the blighted hospitality sector, pubs and restaurants are understood to be opening for al-fresco dining in April.

The hated 10pm curfew and substantial meal rule that left punters and landlords baffled is also reportedly going out the window.

The PM is also expected to scrap the confusing tier system as many experts believe it did little to prevent the spread of the virus.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister said he was “optimistic” that the vaccine roll-out will allow for further easing in the coming months.

He said: "I'm optimistic, but we have to be cautious."


 

How can I watch Boris Johnson's speech?

The speech will be available to watch on The Sun YouTube page, BBC and Sky News.

The announcement comes after The Prime Minister released a video celebrating the UK’s “extraordinary feat" and "significant milestone" of over 15 million people receiving a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

He said it has been a "truly national UK-wide effort", adding: "We've done it together. And I want to thank each and every person who has helped make it happen.”

The Prime Minister went on: "In England, I can tell you we have now offered jabs to everyone in the first four priority groups, the people most likely to be severely ill from coronavirus hitting the first target we set ourselves."

Latest government figures showed a total of 15,062,189 people have received a first dose of a vaccine, and 537,715 people have had two doses.

 

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