Westminster has taken a U-turn on plans to reopen leisure businesses such as casinos and bowling alleys scheduled for Saturday.
The easing of restrictions, which included beauty salons to carry out close-up treatments, was postponed to mid-August.
However, office workers will still be encouraged to go back to work as of next week in a bid to aid businesses benefitting from daytime commuters.
Boris Johnson also said face coverings will be mandatory in indoor locations such as museums and cinemas as of August 8.
The news came a few hours after over 4mln people in selected areas of northern England were slapped with a new round of restrictions announced on Twitter by health secretary Matt Hancock.
3/4 The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing. So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas. pic.twitter.com/Yy7wLbdh9V— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) July 30, 2020
People living in areas such as Greater Manchester will not be able to meet in private homes with those outside of their ‘bubble’.
Pubs, restaurants, cafes and gyms can stay open but customers will not be able to meet with people outside of their household in those locations.
Fresh funding for Glaxo’s vaccine
The US government has allocated up to US$2.1bn for development including clinical trials, manufacturing, scale-up and delivery of an initial 100mln doses of the vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline PLC (LON:GSK) and Sanofi.
The pair are also discussing with global organisations and with the EU Commission, with France and Italy on the negotiation team on supplying EU countries.
UK on a shopping spree
Earlier this week, the UK government signed a £500mln deal to buy 60mln doses of the inoculation, which came after an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech for 90mln doses of their jab.
Business secretary Alok Sharma said it was important the UK secured early access to “a diverse range of promising vaccine candidates, like GSK and Sanofi, to increase our chances of finding one that works so we can protect the public and save lives”.
All holidays to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands were cancelled until 10 August while all those to the mainland of Spain are off until 17 August.
The travel agent is adding extra flights to Greece and Turkey.