Over 70s told to remain at home and avoid contact in gut-wrenching lockdown U-turn

Speaking in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister laid out new rules which allow unlimited exercise outdoors and the mixing with one person from another household.

But he said elderly men and women should not venture out just yet.

He said: “I’m sorry to say however, Mr Speaker, that we shall continue to ask those who are clinically vulnerable including pregnant women and people over 70 or those with pre-existing chronic conditions to take particular care to minimise contact with those outside their household.

“And we must continue to shield people who are extremely vulnerable.

“They should, I’m afraid, remain at home and avoid any direct contact with others.”

He added: “I know that easing restrictions for the many will only increase the anguish of those who must remain shielded. So the Government will look at every possible way of supporting the most vulnerable.”

The relaxing of some of the rules will not mean any change for millions of grandparents who had been hoping to be allowed to visit relative and hug their grandchildren.

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