On Sunday evening Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced some lockdown measures in the UK will begin to ease. The new lockdown measures will afford people greater freedoms with regards to employment, exercise and travel. While the ‘stay at home’ message is still very much in place, the Government is now urging people to ‘stay alert’ to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the updated lockdown rules for the UK.
What is the COVID Alert System?
The COVID Alert System is a five-point system unveiled by the Prime Minister during Sunday’s address to the nation.
The threat level system will be adjusted according to medical and scientific data on the rate of infection and the number of UK cases.
Mr Johnson said the UK is currently at Level Four of the scale, but “we are now in a position to begin to move in steps to Level Three”.
What changes have been made to employment?
The Government is continuing to emphasise the importance of working from home if you can.
However, those who cannot work from home are being encouraged from Monday to go to work.
People are being advised not to use public transport if possible, and to walk, cycle or drive to work in their own cars if necessary.
The requirement for buses, trains and underground rail services to maintain social distancing rules means they will only be able to carry vastly reduced passenger numbers, with public transport capacity expected to drop by around 90 percent.
What changes have been made to seeing family?
The Government is continuing to stress the importance of social distancing and keeping at least two metres apart from people outside of your own household.
However Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday’s BBC Breakfast people can also meet family members in parks, so long as people stay at least two metres apart.
He said: “So we’ve said that as long as you go out of home for the park for exercise, whatever it may be, you can go with members of your own household.
“If you’re out in the park and you’re 2m apart… and use some common sense and you socially-distance, you can meet up with other people.”
When will businesses and schools reopen?
In-line with the new COVID Alert system, Mr Johnson announced on June 1 at the earliest the Government may begin the phased reopening of schools.
He said: “Our ambition is that secondary pupils facing exams next year will get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays.
“And we will shortly be setting out detailed guidance on how to make it work in schools and shops and on transport.”
Some shops may also be able to reopen from this date, having closed at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown on March 23.
Some aspects of the hospitality industry and public places like places of worship could also start to reopen from July.
For these places to reopen, the PM has stressed it is very much conditional on whether the infection rate supports the further easing of measures.
Published at Mon, 11 May 2020 08:45:00 +0000