Boris Johnson will today urge Britons to be patient as he announces that the relaxation of Covid restrictions will be pushed back until next month.
The Prime Minister will confirm that the June 21 Freedom Day has been delayed until July 19 in ‘one last heave’ of restrictions following a sharp rise in cases of the Indian variant, Westminster sources said last night.
Ignoring a mounting revolt by Tory MPs and dire warnings from the hospitality and theatre industries, Mr Johnson will argue that scrapping all restrictions now is likely to fuel the surge – and the public needs to be ‘patient’ so the country does not go into reverse.
The PM will use a Downing Street press conference tonight to outline a delay in the relaxation of restrictions in an attempt to push forward with the vaccination effort.
A government source told The Times Mr Johnson considers it the ‘final stretch’ to extend the protection of the jabs as far as possible before normality can return.
But he is expected to lift the limit of 30 people for weddings and permit more outdoor seated spaces at sporting events.
Mr Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and Health Secretary Matt Hancock signed off on the four-week delay, it was reported.
A senior UK government source told The Telegraph the message had always been ‘cautious but irreversible’, adding: ‘That has been our mantra throughout and that continues.
Read more: Johnson ‘to sign off four-week delay to freedom’ after being told by his Cult-owned psychopath ‘advisors’ it will keep thousands out of hospital amid surge in fake ‘Indian variant’ cases – From our Orwellian Translation Unit: ‘We told you restrictions were ending to keep you docile while at no point having any intention of doing that. Our masters’ plan was always to keep the restrictions as long into the summer as possible before imposing them again big time in September and it’s easy to invent excuses to do so’