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Johnson Continues U.K. Lockdown Easing But Retreats on Schools

  • Prime minister under pressure over two-meter social distancing
  • Full return of primary schools now delayed until after summer
Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked his cabinet through his road map for easing the U.K.’s coronavirus lockdown on Tuesday but was forced to abandon a plan for all primary school children to return before September.

Non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen from June 15, Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced later, hours after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told Parliament schools will not be able to fully reopen before the summer holidays.