Boris Johnson announcement: What time is the PM's speech today, Monday, July 5?

THE Prime Minister is set to give the public and businesses a better idea of what to expect from Freedom Day – July 19.

But what time is the announcement? Below is everything you need to know…

What time is Boris Johnson's speech today, Monday, July 5?

The exact time for the press conference has not been announced it but it is expected in the afternoon.

What is the PM expected to say?

The PM is set to update the country on the end of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions on Freedom Day – July 19.

His speech today is to give the public and businesses a better idea of what to expect ahead of the formal announcement next week.

Mr Johnson is expected to announce the end date of the one-metre social distancing rule, working from home and the legal requirement to wear face masks.

Today ministers are to publish the results of reviews into the use of vaccine passports and the future of social distancing.

Before the announcement, the PM said that Brits would have to "exercise judgement" to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

"Thanks to the successful rollout of our vaccination programme, we are progressing cautiously through our road map," he said.

"Today we will set out how we can restore people’s freedoms when we reach Step 4.

"But I must stress that the pandemic is not over and that cases will continue to rise over the coming weeks.

"As we begin to learn to live with this virus, we must all continue to carefully manage the risks from Covid and exercise judgment when going about our lives."

When was Boris Johnson's last announcement?

His last announcement was a joint press conference with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel who was visiting the UK on July 2.

Speaking at a press conference alongside the PM at Chequers, she said: "We are continuously reviewing our travel restrictions.

"In the foreseeable future those who have received double jabs will be able to travel again without having to go into quarantine.

She added: "We adopted certain protective measures when we were not as yet so familiar with a Delta variant.

"We now see the share of the delta variant in Germany is increasing very rapidly."

Boris replied: "That's great and that's right, it sounds as though progress is being made."

In a major olive branch on the eve of the meeting Mrs Merkel announced she's set to ease travel curbs on Brits entering Germany.

The UK will be downgraded from a "virus area of concern" – the highest bracket of restrictions – to one of "high incidence".

That will cut the mandatory quarantine visitors from the UK have to observe from two weeks to as little as five days.

How can I watch it live?

The press conference will be broadcast live at the top of this story, by the BBC and Sky News.

You can also watch the live broadcast on the Government's official YouTube page.

We can keep you up to date on what is being said at the press conference by following our coronavirus live blog, for live updates on the briefing.

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