Boris Johnson urges Brits not to break lockdown rules and meet people inside as weather worsens
The sunny weather is set to end for the nest week (PA)
Boris Johnson has urged people not to start meeting others inside their homes as the weather gets worse.
The Prime Minister said the risk of transmitting coronavirus is greatly increased when indoors, and breaking the lockdown rules could risk “reversing all the progress we have made together”.
New regulations allowing up to six people from different households to meet up outside came into force from Monday.
But after a fortnight of sunny weather the forecast is for rain and cooler temperatures for the next week, sparking fears people may ignore the guidance and begin having visits indoors.
Speaking at the daily Downing Street briefing, Mr Johnson cautioned the public against doing so.
“As the weather, I think, threatens to take a turn for the worse, some of you may be tempted to move the gatherings you have been enjoying outdoors indoors out of the rain,” he said.
“I really urge you; don’t do that.”
Mr Johnson added: “We relaxed the rules on meeting outside for a very specific reason because the evidence shows the evidence of transmission are much lower outdoors.
“The risks of passing on the virus indoors are significantly higher indoors which is why gatherings inside other people’s homes are still prohibited.
“Breaking these rules now could undermine and reverse all the progress we have made together.”
He said he had “no doubt that that won’t happen” and that people "will continue to show the same resolve in fighting the virus as they have throughout this outbreak”.
It comes as a poll suggested a fifth of Brits are following the lockdown rules less strictly than before.
And the survey by YouGov claimed a third of those citied the actions of the PM’s chief aide Dominic Cummings - who travelled from London to Durham during lockdown - as a factor.