This is what time Boris Johnson will address the nation on Sunday about lockdown measures - and how to watch

Thursday, 7th May 2020, 11:08 am
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 4:12 pm
Boris Johnson is due to address the nation on Sunday (Number 10)
Boris Johnson is due to address the nation on Sunday (Number 10)

Boris Johnson is to address the nation on Sunday where he is expected to unveil a lockdown exit strategy.

The UK has been under strict lockdown measures since March 23 and it is thought that the Prime Minister will promise the easing of measures during his Sunday speech.

Speaking at his first press briefing since his hospitalisation with coronavirus Mr Johnson said that he would unveil "a road map" out of lockdown in order to unlock different parts of the UK economy.

When is Boris Johnson lockdown speech?

The Prime Minister will hold an address to the nation on Sunday.

BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssburg has said that it is expected that the speech will take place at 7pm.

The Prime Minister's address will come days after a Sage meeting debating current lockdown measures.

Where can I watch it?

Boris Johnson's address to the nation will be available to watch live on BBC News.

You can watch online through BBC iPlayer here, while Sky News has a live YouTube stream here.

What changes could be made

It appears initial changes will focus around the amount of time people are allowed to spend outside.

Public Health England has signalled the "stay home" message could be abandoned and reports suggest that those using benches, having picnics or sunbathing will no longer be asked to move on, provided they keep two metres apart.

It means families may even be allowed to travel to the countryside for walks and day trips, as long as they follow social distancing rules.

Matt Hancock suggested on Wednesday that outdoor "pavement cafes" could be put in place over the summer which, if successful, may prompt further use in future.

Employees in non-essential industries who have been operating from home may well be allowed to return to work, with the Government expected to call for masks to be worn on public transport during busy periods.

Businesses wanting employees to return to the office could be made to stagger shifts, put up signs asking workers to stay two metres apart and ensure there are hand-washing facilities, hand gel and PPE supplies readily available.

Bus and train timetables are likely to be adjusted and increased to help the system cope initially with the increase in passengers.