The BBC reports:
The further easing of coronavirus restrictions in England – due to come in this weekend – has been postponed for at least two weeks, amid concerns over an increase in coronavirus cases. Casinos and bowling alleys will remain shut, with Boris Johnson saying it was time to “squeeze the brake pedal”.
Wedding receptions of up to 30 people were meant to be allowed as part of the changes but cannot yet happen. Face coverings will be mandatory in more indoor settings, such as cinemas.
And people attending places of worship will also be among those required to wear face coverings, in a change that will be applied from next weekend. The rethink follows new restrictions for people in parts of northern England, after a spike in virus cases.
.@NicolaSturgeon welcomes the UK government’s decision to put restrictions on people in parts of northern England once again following a spike in cases, and says all parts of the UK will face local clusters and outbreaks of coronavirus
— BBC Scotland News (@BBCScotlandNews) July 31, 2020
Boris Johnson has put the handbrake on a further reopening of the English economy. The UK prime minister has postponed plans to reopen: https://t.co/KeoK30Stv9
– Bowling alleys
– Ice rinks
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) July 31, 2020