- Title: Johnson urged to 'get on with it' as he prepares to ease English lockdown
- Date: 12th July 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 12, 2021) (REUTERS) TOWER BRIDGE AND THE RIVER THAMES VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING OVER LONDON BRIDGE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 45-YEAR-OLD LONDON RESIDENT, MARIAMA ADAMSI, SAYING: "I work in the health sector, so you probably would have an idea of what I'm going to say. It's good to be set free, but I think going forward with a mask I think would be very helpful. If everyone wears a mask in a very close environment. Outside, on London Bridge, like that, I don't think you need to wear a mask, but if you are going to be in close proximity for longer than 15-20 minutes, I guess it would be a good idea to wear a mask." ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL (SOUNDBITE) (English) 25-YEAR-OLD FROM KENT, RICHARD PHILLIPS, SAYING: "I'm going to keep my mask on the trains and stuff like that, but I don't know. It's a tough one. I don't know" BUS DRIVING OVER LONDON BRIDGE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 54-YEAR-OLD NURSE, HELI KORTE, SAYING: "Personally I cant wait to get rid of the mask. For me, it's part of the freedom. I can accept a lot of other things, you know, hand washing and sanitising stuff, and some social distancing, but, you know, it's tough." TRAIN CROSSING THE THAMES (SOUNDBITE) (English) 61-YEAR-OLD BANKER, SHIRLEY SINCLAIR, SAYING: "I'm quite happy for him (Boris Johnson) to open up, so yeah, get on with it, but I think people do need to use their common sense once he's done that." PEOPLE WALKING OVER LONDON BRIDGE
- Embargoed: 26th July 2021 12:53
- Keywords: Boris Johnson COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown pandemic prime minister restrictions
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001ELJD007
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Commuters in London urged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to 'get on with it' as he considers easing the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England from July 19.
Johnson is expected to urge caution on Monday (July 12) as he confirms the plans despite a surge in cases to the highest levels in months.
Last week, Johnson set out proposals to eliminate rules on mask-wearing and social contact, and the instruction to work from home where possible, on what he has called a "one-way road to freedom."
He will announce his final decision at a news conference on Monday afternoon.
(Production: Will Russell, Stuart McDill)
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