LONDON (REUTERS) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday (July 17) that normal life would not return in full until November at the earliest, cautioning that nightclubs and soft play areas needed to remain closed while wedding receptions would have to remain capped.
Mr Johnson said that from October, audiences at sports stadiums would be allowed.
But he said that the government would look for a more significant return to normality from November.
He also said the country’s local authorities will have more powers to impose local coronavirus lockdowns from Saturday (July 18).
He said councils will be able to close specific premises, shut public outdoor spaces and cancel events.
“These powers will enable local authorities to act more quickly in response to outbreaks where speed is paramount,” he said at a Downing Street press conference.
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