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Q&A: How long will UK lockdown be extended for, and could further restrictions be enforced? – The Telegraph, Telegraph.co.uk

Q&A: How long will UK lockdown be extended for, and could further restrictions be enforced? – The Telegraph, Telegraph.co.uk

F oreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been deputising for Boris Johnson while he remains hospitalized, has warned that it was still too soon for ministers to begin lifting the strict social distancing rules introduced last month.

Mr Raab said that the lockdown measures will “have to stay in place until we’ve got the evidence that clearly shows we’ve moved beyond the peak” when asked whether the Government had decided to extend the rules.

Mr Raab also said: “SAGE (the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies will meet next week to discuss the latest evidence and we’ll keep the measures we put in place under review.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned outdoor exercise could be banned if individuals continue to ignore social distancing rules .

His comments follow reports some members of the public flouted social distancing rules last the weekend , which saw temperatures rise to degrees and thousands flock to beaches and parks.

Amid warnings that the Government could introduce tougher measures including a ban on exercise if social distancing rules are flouted, some local authorities have called for roadblocks to prevent people flooding to the area over the Bank Holiday .

Police warned they were ready to take action against those who flout the coronavirus lockdown rules. Downing Street offered the Government’s “full backing” to police forces seeking to enforce the restrictions over the holiday period.

But there was a rebuke for Northamptonshire Chief Constable Nick Adderley after he suggested his force could mount road blocks and search shopping trolleys to check if people were going out to buy non-essential items.

Home Secretary Priti Patel told talkRADIO: “That is not appropriate, let me be clear on that. That is not the guidance.”

The Health Secretary, who has himself recently recovered from coronavirus , warned: “If you don’t want us to have to take the step to ban exercise of all forms outside of your own home then you’ve got to follow the rules ”.

But how likely is it that the government will take this extreme step?

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