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PM reveals groups of six can meet in parks from Monday

BORIS JOHNSON earlier tonight announced that people in England can meet in groups of six in parks or alternatively private gardens from Monday, as lockdown rules begin to be eased.

The prime minister revealed tonight that the five tests for easing lockdown in England had finally been met, meaning he can start to ease some of England's strict restrictions.

This also means barbecues in private gardens will be allowed, speaking at the daily press briefing in Downing Street, Boris has said "I cannot and will not throw away all the gains we've made together and so the changes we're making are limited and cautious.

"It's thanks to the caution you've shown so far that all five met are being met."

He said that from Monday groups of up to six people can meet in private gardens "provided those from different households continue to stick to social distancing rules" by staying two metres apart.

Boris also added the "heroic efforts" of NHS workers and the public mean that the first test of protecting the NHS's ability to cope has been met, with 475 admissions in Covid-19 in England on May 26.

A "sustained and consistent fall in the daily death rate" has been seen, meaning the second test has been met, he said.

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