Prime Minister's Updates

Updated statements from the Prime Minister will appear on this page.


23 June 2020 - Coronavirus lockdown measures changes from 4 July


From 4 July the 2m distancing rule will be changed.

The prime minister said that where it is not possible to stay 2m apart, people should keep a distance of "one metre plus" - this means staying one metre apart, while observing precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.


Restaurants and pubs will also be allowed to reopen, providing they follow safety guidelines. All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service, and contact between staff and customers will be limited.

Customers will also have to give contact details when they enter a pub or restaurant.

Holiday accommodation - including hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks - can also reopen, and people in England will be free to stay away from home overnight for the first time since lockdown began in March. Hairdressers will be able to reopen, as long as they take precautions. Other close-contact services such as nail bars will not yet open, but the prime minister said they would be able to open "as soon as we're confident they can operate safely".

What will remain closed?

Nightclubs and casinos remain closed, along with bowling alleys, spas, swimming pools and indoor soft play centres.

Theatres and concert halls will not be able to host live performances - but the prime minister said the government would work with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live events as soon as possible

Meeting other households

Two households of any size will be able to meet indoors or outside. It will be possible to stay overnight.

This does not have to be the same set of households - the prime minister said. "It will be possible for instance to meet one set of grandparents one weekend, and the others the following weekend."

However, the government does not not recommend meetings of multiple households indoors because of the risk of infection.

Outdoors, people from multiple households can meet in groups of up to six - but two households can meet regardless of size.

12 May 2020: Stay Alert - Stay Safe

Government recovery plan (online accessible version)

Government recovery plan downloadable (.pdf | 1.73mb)

23 March 2020

Prime Minister’s (23/03/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic

To summarise:

From 23 March people must stay at home, except for the limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

22 March 2020

Prime Minister’s (22/03/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic

To summarise:

  • Everyone in the country thanked for the collective effort they are making.
  • Special steps will be taken to protect the particularly vulnerable – around 1.5 million people.
  • People urged not to send their children to school unless they are a key worker.
  • People asked to follow the advice and stay 2m apart, even when outdoors.

To ensure compliance with the Government’s instruction to stay at home, all the below are closed from 23 March:

  • All shops selling non-essential goods,​ including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship;
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with;
  • All social events​, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals.

20 March 2020

Prime Minister's (20/3/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic

To summarise:

  • Cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants to close on 20 March 2020
  • They can continue to provide take-out services.
  • Nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close on the same timescale
  • Continue to social distance and wash hands frequently for 20 seconds

19 March 2020

Prime Minister's (19/3/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic

To summarise:

  • Everyone should avoid socialising in the normal way
  • about avoiding unnecessary contact
  • Avoiding gatherings where you may pick up the disease
  • pubs, bars, restaurants
  • Please, please follow all that advice scrupulously
  • Work from home if you possibly can
  • Wash your hands

18 March 2020

Prime Minister’s (18/03/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic

To summarise:

  • Everyone must follow the advice to protect themselves and their families, but also – more importantly, to protect the wider public.
  • Stay at home for seven days if you think you have symptoms – a high temperature, a continuous new cough.
  • Whole household to stay home for 14 days if one member in that household thinks he/she has symptoms.
  • Avoid all unnecessary gatherings, pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, theatres and so on and work from home if you can.
  • Testing capacity will be ‘massively scaled up’ to 25,000 tests a day.
  • A huge public information campaign is being rolled out so people get all the information they need.
  • Schools will close from Friday afternoon (20 March) to the vast majority of pupils.

17 March 2020

Prime Minister's (17/03/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic

To summarise, the PM says:

  • We must stop the disease spreading to a point where it overwhelms our NHS.
  • We are doing all we can, as quickly as we can to increase the capacity of the NHS.
  • We must do all we can to boost science and research.
  • We must act like any wartime government and do whatever it takes to support our economy.
  • We will need to strengthen other public services that will be under great pressure from the direct and indirect effects of the disease, such as the effects of staff shortages and from the economic pressures.