Boris Johnson to make announcement as lockdown roadmap decision due

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to hold a Downing Street press conference on Easter Monday (April 5).

It’s not confirmed what the conference will be in regards to, but as reported by Mirror Online, the announcment comes on a crunch day for the Prime Minister over lockdown restrictions.

As part of the lockdown roadmap, the government said that they will confirm whether or not planned restriction eases can go ahead as planned seven days before the pre-announced date.

That makes Monday (April 5) a key date ahead of April 12’s planned lockdown ease.

On that date, pub gardens, hairdressers, barbers, nail salons, non-essential shops and gyms all plan to reopen.

It’s thought that the Prime Minister will hold a crunch cabinet meeting on Easter Monday morning, as will announce that evening whether or not the planned lockdown ease can take place.

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Plenty of things need to be taken into account, including new Covid-19 variants and the potential impact that could have on the current Covid-19 vaccination rollout.

There’s also the worrying rise in cases and deaths in Europe, evidence that a third wave of Covid-19 is definitely hitting those areas.

However, rates in the UK remain low and deaths and hospitalisations aren’t rising to a dramatic degree.

The vaccination rollout continues at pace, which is having a positive impact on the Covid-19 situation in the UK.

Meanwhile, the government’s ‘red list’ of countries where travel is banned for non UK and Irish residents continues to grow.

Summer holidays abroad look increasingly unlikely, when overseas Covid-19 situations and new variants are taken into account.

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There’s also a lot of talk about whether Covid-19 passports will be required in pubs and restaurants.

Hospitality establishments could choose to turn away customers who haven’t had the jab if laws are granted in their favour.

This could prove controversial in some circles, but recent polls suggested that most people would be in favour of Covid-19 passports for events and hospitality venues.

Covid passports is increasingly becoming a battle of politics for the Prime Minister though, with a cross-party revolt on the cards.

We know ministers want to use certification to trial larger crowds at the FA Cup final at Wembley next month, as well as the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield from mid-April.

But what form this takes is not yet clear.

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