BRITS will be allowed to take unlimited outdoor exercise from today as new lockdown rules come into force.
People can now also go out and meet up with one other person from outside their household while builders and factory workers are encouraged to go back to work – as long as Covid-19 safety measures are in place.
But Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that “big, lavish, international” summer holidays could be cancelled this year.
Employers could be prosecuted if they breach social distancing guidelines, government agency Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned.
HSE boss Sarah Albon said employers who put workers in danger of contracting coronavirus could also have their businesses closed or restricted by inspectors until standards are met.
It came as the coronavirus death toll in the UK increased to 32,692 after 627 more fatalities.
However, new figures show the death toll is as high as 40,383 once figures from Scotland and Northern Ireland are figured in, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.
On Tuesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of October.
The job-retention scheme will remain the same until July, but after August there will be changes, including the ability to be able to pay people part-time instead.
Mr Sunak said businesses will be expected to start contributing to help tackle the burden on the taxpayer from August.
The furlough scheme is currently paying 7.5 million workers 80 per cent of their wages – up to a limit of £2,500 per month. It currently costs £14billion a month.
Full details on the scheme will be released before the end of May, Mr Sunak confirmed.
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