(BBC) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the public not to move gatherings indoors if it rains, as parts of the UK brace themselves for wetter weather.
He said breaking the lockdown rules could “undermine and reverse all the progress that we’ve made together”.
Since Monday, more than two people have been allowed to meet outside in the UK, though rules vary in each nation.
Mr Johnson said measures were relaxed because the risk of transmitting coronavirus was lower outdoors.
Many people have taken advantage of the sunny weather as restrictions eased earlier this week in parts of the UK – even taking the PM’s advice to invite up to five people for barbecues in their garden.
But BBC Weather is forecasting cooler conditions and rain in the upcoming days – and Mr Johnson was particularly keen to stress that people’s response should not be to move their social gatherings indoors when rain falls.
At the government’s daily coronavirus briefing, the prime minster said: “Some of you may be tempted to move the gatherings you’ve been enjoying outdoors indoors out of the rain. I really urge you: don’t do that.
“The risks of passing on the virus are significantly higher indoors which is why gatherings inside other people’s homes are still prohibited.