Original article from Kent Live
Boris Johnson has confirmed that the easing of restrictions on June 21 will not go ahead as planned.
The Prime Minister confirmed that with coronavirus cases rising, England will remain at level 3 of restrictions for four more weeks (July 19).
Increased transmission of the Delta variant, which is believed to have originated in India, is thought to be behind the rise in cases.
However, despite the delay to the roadmap some rules will be eased as planned next Monday (June 21).
Most notably, weddings with hundreds of people can go ahead after months of uncertainty.
The 30-person limit on weddings will be removed in England from June 21, despite step four being delayed.
That means there will be no numerical limit on either receptions or ceremonies – either indoors or outdoors.
Instead, capacity limits will be the highest number of people venues can accommodate while still being COVID-secure – an approach already taken to funerals.
The 30-person limit on other commemorative events including wakes will be lifted in England from June 21.
Instead, capacity will be driven by the maximum number of people a venue can accommodate within COVID-secure rules.
This means wakes will follow the same capacity rules as funerals and weddings.
While There are no changes to indoor hospitality rules the government is looking at holding more events research pilots which could help theatres and similar venues in the long run.
Addressing the nation, Johnson said: “I think it is sensible to wait a little longer. By Monday 189th July we aim to have double jabbed two thirds of the adult population.
He also confirmed that every adult in the country is now targeted to have the first dose of the vaccine before July 19th.
“I am confident that we will not need more than four weeks. Now is the time not to ease off the accelerator.
"By being cautious now we have the chance to save thousands of lives.”