Here's when and where to watch Boris Johnson's daily press briefing

Monday, 11th May 2020, 12:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 12:32 pm

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold today’s daily press briefing.

The press briefing is the Prime Minister's first in a week and comes a day after he held a widely criticised public address advising the public on easing lockdown measures in England.

The daily briefings were introduced in response to calls for improved communication from the government on their plan to tackle the spread of Covid-19, and give the nation the latest updates on the pandemic.

When do the daily press briefings take place?

The Prime Minister will take questions from the public and the media at 7pm.

In general the press briefings take place between 4pm and 6pm, with the majority of previous meetings tending to start just after 5pm on weekdays and at 2.30pm on weekends.

A number 10 spokesperson said that they would like to “see [the briefings held at] a consistent time.”

Who will be holding today's press conference?

The Prime Minister will be joined by chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance who have both featured regularly alongside the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers who have stood in for Mr Johnson in recent weeks.

A number of cabinet ministers have stood in for Mr Johnson, including Michael Gove, Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock, Dominic Raab and Robert Jenrick.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries and Head of NHS England Simon Stevens have also been regular features.

Where can I watch the press briefings?

The daily press briefings will be available to watch live on BBC News.

What happened at yesterday's speech?

On Sunday the Prime Minister delivered a highly anticipated public address in which he outlined the easing of lockdown measures in the England.

The new set of rules, which start this week, include the re-opening of garden centres, the right to exercise as much as you like outdoors and changes in rules around working.

Alongside the relaxing of some rules, the Government is also increasing the fines on those who breach its new guidelines. People could face charges as high as £3,200 if they break the lockdown.

The three-part slogan “stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives” was switched in England to “stay alert, control the virus, save lives”. People are still being urged to stay at home if they can, but the shift in emphasis is to get more people out to work or exercising.