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Boris Johnson: loosen the lockdown with “social subbles”

Boris Johnson will give green light for Non-essentials Shop, BBQs and Garden Party for friends and family.

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One of summer tradition in English is BBQ with family and friends. Due to the lockdown, some Britons still unsure about making this tradition happen. Since lockdown, small outdoor gathering such as barbecues and garden parties have been banned. This unsure feeling will be answered.

The idea of Johnson’s “social bubbles”

According to source, Boris Johnson is planning to ease the lockdown with introducing ‘social bubbles’ as a way of giving people more social contact during lockdown. A ‘social bubble’ scheme would allow groups of up to 10 people to mix outdoors. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister told The Telegraph that No 10 was ‘open to the idea’ of social bubbles and give green light for BBQs and garden parties for friends and family.

Reopening of non-essential shops

Prime Minister also gave the go-ahead for non-essential shops, including department stores and independent businesses, to reopen from June 15. Not only that, car showrooms and outdoor markets will reopen from June 1 as long as they strict to social distancing guidelines.

Although the stores will reopen, they should follow new guidance of Covid Secure which set to be released today. Boris Johnson said “This will ensure there can be no doubt about what steps should be taken. We will of course have powers to enforce these conditions, where it is required.” He also added that we will only be successful if we all remember the basics, wash your hands, keep social distance, and isolate if you have symptoms and get a test.

The decrease in sales volumes

This should be done because retail sales drop by nearly a fifth last month. Then the record drop of 8.1 per cent month-on-month underlines the massive hit to the economy from Covid-19 chaos.

According to official figures, in the first full month after the lockdown were introduced, clothing sales volumes were hit by a 50.2 per cent drop – having already seen a fall of 34.9 percent in March. Meantime, fuel saw a 52 per cent reduction, and food sales were down as the stockpiling frenzy eased.


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