Lockdown farce to continue in England’s North-West, ‘confused’ Health Secretary faces backlash

Boris Johnson has scrapped a series of lockdown-easing measures which had been planned for this weekend amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus. The changes, which were due to come in to effect from Saturday, would have seen facilities such as bowling alleys, casinos and ice rinks welcome back customers in England – but these have now been delayed. Indoor performances, weddings of parties up to 30, and pilots of outdoor sports events with spectators – which were also all planned to go ahead from 1 August – are all postponed until 15 August. Boris Johnson made the announcement on Friday.

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