January 23, 2021

Boris Johnson’s lockdown speech: What to watch out for

Boris Johnson will address the nation from Downing Street on Sunday evening, setting out the next steps in England’s coronavirus response.

While No 10 is giving little away, many of us are looking for updates on when children will return to school, how the government plans to get the economy moving, and how we can stay safe when travelling and working.

The PM is expected to announce the launch of an alert system for tracking coronavirus in England, and to set out a “roadmap, a menu of options” – in his words – for how England might begin to ease the current lockdown.

Mr Johnson has already unveiled a new slogan, telling the public to “stay alert, control the virus, save lives”.

It’s worth pointing out the lockdown has already been extended for another three weeks in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to 28 May.

That’s one of the reasons it’s seen as being unlikely Mr Johnson will announce immediate alterations to restrictions in England.

But it’s not long until we find out. There will be live coverage of the address, from 19:00 BST, on BBC One, BBC News channel with sign language interpreter, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Or, you can watch it here on our live page, with full analysis and reaction as it happens.

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