PM outlines ‘conditional’ plan aimed at slightly easing the lockdown

On Sunday afternoon Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled conditional plan that aims to slightly ease restrictions leading to reopen society. In the pre-recorded message, key steps leading to lift strict measures were presented in a COVID Alert System. The system has five levels, which will allow to determine when life can gradually get back to normal. Over the next few months the situation will be monitored using the tracking system, with threat level ranging from one(green colour) being the lowest to five(red) being the highest.

From Wednesday 12 May, some of the coronavirus lockdown measures were relaxed in England, for example unlimited exercise outdoors or meeting with one person from different household in public spaces, as long as the social distancing measures are in place. The measures are ‘conditional’ in order to prevent the second wave of infections, as if the threat increases, the stricter measures will be introduced. In the message on Sunday, Mr Johnson explained that those who can’t work from home should return to the workplace – being advised to avoid public transportation if possible and following the safety rules.

In the article on Elite Business website from 11 May it says:

“SMEs in other industries may have to wait more than 6 weeks at least before receiving the green light to reopen their businesses. Shops, schools and nurseries could only begin to partially reopen from June 1, while cafes or restaurants with outdoor space, places of worship and socially distanced cinemas could return to business from July 1, according to Mr Johnson’s statement. However, no further details on this were given.”

People retuning to the UK from abroad by plane must quarantine for 14 days and some of the hospitality industries could reopen by 1st July the earliest. However, the UK is currently on level four out of the five-level in the COVID Alert System and people are advised to continue adhering to the measures that are in place to prevent further spread of the virus.

Following health safety measures is one of the first steps towards economic recovery. In the message, The Prime Minister also said that only if the pandemic will be under control, we can start reopening the economy. He said: “Throughout this period of the next two months, we will be driven not by mere hope or economic necessity. We are going to be driven by the science, the data and public health.”

Latest figures from Public Health England from 14th May show that there’s currently 229,705 confirmed cases in the UK, 3,242 new cases and 33,186 deaths. British public was reminded that it’s not the time to end lockdown and instead those mentioned steps in some sectors will be taken. 

In the article from 11th May on Business Leader website, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn- CBI Director General- says:

“Today marks the first glimmer of light for our faltering economy. A phased and careful return to work is the only way to protect jobs and pay for future public services. The Prime Minister has set out the first steps for how this can happen.

The coming weeks should see business, government and employee representatives working together as part of a national effort built on openness and trust. This is the only way to revive the UK economy and protect both lives and livelihoods.”

By Julita Waleskiewicz

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