Boris Johnson to lead press conference at 5pm tonight

Boris Johnson will lead a press conference from Downing Street tonight.

The Prime Minister is expected to make a number of announcements on vaccine passports, travel rules, coronavirus testing and the end of lockdown.

The next stage of the government’s roadmap is due to come into effect a week today – on Monday 12 April – allowing non-essential retail, personal care premises and pub gardens to reopen.

In tonight’s Downing Street briefing, Boris Johnson will confirm whether or not these changes will be allowed to go ahead.

Here’s what time he’ll speak, how you can watch, and what he’s expected to say:

What time is the announcement?

Boris Johnson will lead the press conference at 5pm tonight (Monday 5 April).

He will be joined by England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson leaves number 10, Downing Street
Boris Johnson is expected to make a number of announcements in a press conference tonight

You can watch the announcement live on BBC One, BBC News and Sky News.

The Prime Minister is expected to unveil a new risk-based “traffic-light” system for travel, with red, amber and green warnings for different countries around the world.

Travellers from “green” countries will not be required to self-isolate, although tests will still be needed.

He will provide an update on the plans for vaccine passports, and to reveal a scheme that will see all adults in the UK offered two free Covid tests a week.

Boris Johnson is also expected to confirm that the second stage of the government’s lockdown roadmap will go ahead as planned on Monday 12 April.

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This phase will see the reopening of non-essential retail, personal care premises (including hairdressers) and indoor leisure centres (including gyms).

Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen – but only with outdoor seating, and with the rule of six still in place.



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