Lockdown POLL: Is Boris Johnson right to ease lockdown restrictions on Monday? VOTE
Express.co.uk readers can vote in our poll on if Mr Johnson is right to start lifting the lockdown on Monday. The Prime Minister, who has recovered from coronavirus, will chair a Cabinet meeting today to review the measures.
Mr Johnson is expected to announce a limited return to normal life in an address to the nation on Sunday.
The changes are set to come in as early as Monday.
They could include unlimited outdoor exercise, park picnics, the return of some sports and the opening of pub and cafe gardens.
Employees in non-essential industries may be able to return to work.
But social distancing measures are likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future.
Britons have been warned they will have to get used to a “new normal”.
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, Mr Johnson said: “We have to be sure the data is going to support our ability to do this.
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Downing Street insisted that “it is not going to be a case of flicking a switch” to lift all restrictions at once and said “people will have to prepare for a different type of normal”.
Speaking this morning, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis insisted no final decision had been made in easing the lockdown.
Mr Lewis told BBC Breakfast: “Well we haven’t made any final decisions on these issues yet.
“I would just say to viewers and people watching and listening, I would just urge some caution around… although we believe we are through the peak of this virus we are very cautious to ensure that we don’t get a second peak.
“I would say to people that the current Government position is very clear that where you can work from home you should, we should stay at home wherever we can.
“I would just say to people to not get too carried away with what we may be reading and just wait until the Government guidelines and the Prime Minister’s statement.
“I would really urge caution. The safest thing to do at the moment with this virus and the way it spreads is wherever you can stay home.”
It comes as there have been 201,101 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and 30,076 people have died.
Published at Thu, 07 May 2020 08:33:00 +0000