The Prime Minister warned that flouting the lockdown rules could “undermine and reverse all the progress that we’ve made together.” The warning comes after the Government relaxed the restrictions son Monday to allow more than two people to meet outdoors in the UK.
Mr Johnson emphasised that the easing of rules was because the risk of infection was lower outdoors.
Earlier this week, while sunnier weather prevailed in some parts of the country, people have been gathering outside and organising gatherings of up to five people in their private gardens.
However, rainier and cooler weather has been forecast in the upcoming days, meaning many gatherings due to take place outdoors will have to be cancelled.
Grahame Madge, Senior Press Officer at the Met Office, warned up to 50mm of rainfall in central England could lash in a three-hour period today.
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He told Express.co.uk: “In terms of the front coming down, it will be moving from northern Scotland and work its way down reaching all places by tomorrow, with that bringing cooler conditions.”
Mr Johnson has stressed that meetings should not take place indoors regardless of the weather conditions.
During the daily coronavirus briefing, Mr Johnson said: “Some of you may be tempted to move the gatherings you’ve been enjoying outdoors indoors out of the rain. I really urge you: don’t do that.
“The risks of passing on the virus are significantly higher indoors which is why gatherings inside other people’s homes are still prohibited.
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Mr Johnson emphasised that the easing of rules was because the risk of infection was lower outdoors
“Breaking these rules now could undermine and reverse all the progress that we’ve made together.”
The news comes as the UK records 359 new coronavirus-related deaths.
Members of the public until recently were not allowed to meet others in their gardens because of the chance the gathering could be moved indoors.
For diverse reasons, there are less chances of contracting the disease outdoors than in closed spaces.
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Coronavirus particles (dubbed aerosols) are diffused by air, meaning the risk of infection is less likely.
With social distancing in place, the more dangerous large particles would be dispersed before reaching other people.
In the UK over 39,000 people have died with Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
The UK is close to becoming the second nation in the world with a death toll of over 40,000. The US would be in first place.
The government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said the coronavirus fatality figure was “not coming down as fast as we would like.”
He added the UK still had “relatively large numbers” of new infections, which were “not coming down fast.”
Sir Patrick Vallance said the coronavirus fatality figure was ‘not coming down as fast as we would like’
“That gives relatively little room for manoeuvre. We have to tread very cautiously,” he said.
The latest data revealed over 1,800 people daily had tested positive for the virus.
Sir Patrick said official calculations showed the true figure was higher.
However, Mr Johnson said that this week’s “cautious steps” in easing some of the restrictions could lead to more rules being relaxed.
He said: “We want to take some more steps to unlock our society and try to get back to as normal as soon as possible.
“Eventually I would like to do such things as reducing the two-metre rule, for instance.”