'Other options' being considered as June 21 Covid lockdown easing in doubt

A government source has revealed officials remain eager to ease restrictions within weeks – but are drawing up alternative options too as doubts grow, reports say.

However the government figure told Sky News they still expect the June 21 unlocking to go ahead.

Ministers are said to be looking at keeping some measures to curb the spread of the virus as restrictions ease further.

They include delaying the end of official work from home recommendations, and maintaining face mask rules.

Reports earlier this week suggested advice to employers to keep staff out of the workplace could linger beyond the end of June.

Sky reports decision-makers are discussing retaining retaining orders for the public to wear face masks in certain settings and continuing the work from home advice.

The source suggested such measures could linger even as previously shut sections of the hospitality sector like night clubs and mass events reopen.

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