After offering more thanks to the public for protecting the NHS and “saving many thousands of lives”, the PM says it would be “madness now to throw away that achievement by allowing a second spike”.
He adds: “We must stay alert. We must continue to control the virus and save lives.”
Johnson says progress so far has “come at colossal cost to our way of life”, referencing shops, pubs, restaurants, and the “fear” people have for their livelihoods and their mental and physical wellbeing.
He says: “So I want to provide tonight – for you – the shape of a plan to address both fears.
“Both to beat the virus and provide the first sketch of a road map for reopening society.
“A sense of the way ahead, and when and how and on what basis we will take the decisions to proceed.”