Friends and family including the over-70s will be able to hold socially-distanced gatherings in their gardens from next week

Friends and family including the over-70s will be able to hold socially-distanced gatherings in their gardens from next week, Boris Johnson has said.

The prime minister told the daily Downing Street briefing that from Monday up to six people would be able to meet outdoors, including in their gardens, as long as they stayed two metres apart.

Chinese president Xi Jinping cast one of the 2,878 votes for the bill – with only one against – in a move which has triggered a fresh wave of protests in the city despite Beijing’s promise to ‘smash’ any resistance. 

Lawmakers in the city mourned ‘the end of Hong Kong’ today and said the former British colony ‘just becomes another Chinese city’ under Beijing’s authoritarian control.

“In this situation, we want to be with our families and my daughter wants it too … It is very, very difficult,” said Carvallido.

Carvallido, 24, and others are eating from lunch boxes and donations and also take turns at an improvised kitchen set up outside the airport. They wash in the airport bathrooms using a small hose.

State Patrol helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft will also be made available to work with personnel on the ground.

Mr Walz said he would always defend the right to protest, but to do so peacefully.

Across the country, restaurants, cafés and bars will have to ensure a minimum one-metre gap between tables and all staff must wear face masks.

In “orange” zones they will only be permitted to open outdoor seating areas.