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Boris Johnson to make major Covid announcement tomorrow as Gove hints at big change

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Michael Gove told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge that Boris Johnson will make a major announcement on Covid measures tomorrow. He said that the Prime Minister’s announcement will “signal that we can enter the next stage of relaxation in England on 17 May”. It is thought that Mr Johnson will give the go-ahead for hotels and theatres to reopen and for pubs and restaurants to serve food and drink indoors.

Mr Gove said: “I anticipate that the Prime Minister tomorrow will signal that we can enter the next stage of relaxation in England on 17 May.

“And as the transport secretary indicated yesterday, that means also that some of the rules on international travel are changing as well.”

He said that the spread of variants in the rest of the world is “concerning”.

He added: “But, there is no indication that this will impact or slow down the relaxation we have planned as part of the roadmap.” 

A final decision on the relaxations will be made at a meeting of the Cabinet’s Covid Operations committee tomorrow.

This will give businesses a week to prepare for step three of four unlocking stages on May 17.

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