Boris Johnson made an announcement on Sunday 10th May to set out the next steps in the UK’s fight against coronavirus – building on the controversial new slogan ‘Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives’.
He set out a three-step plan.
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⭐️Step 1 – the Government is actively encouraging those who can’t work from home to go back to work – he mentioned those who work in the construction industry, for example. He did, however, say they should avoid using public transport if they can – drive to work or, even better, walk or go by bike.
From tomorrow we can all take more, even unlimited, exercise. We can drive to other destinations and play sports (with members of our own household). The Prime Minister stressed that there will be an increase in fines for the small minority of people who break the rules.
⭐️Step 2 – at the earliest by 1 June (after half term) the Government intends to introduce a phased reopening of shops and primary schools. The first to go back will be early years settings, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Secondary pupils taking exams next year will get at least some time with their teachers before the end of the school year. How this will be managed with the ongoing social distancing measures remains to be seen.
⭐️Step 3 – at the earliest by July – the Government hopes to reopen at least some of the hospitality industry as long as they’re safe and enforce social distancing.
The Prime Minister stated that the Government will impose quarantine of people coming to the UK by air and stressed that if there are more outbreaks they will not hesitate to put on the breaks. In his words, ‘coming down the mountain is often more dangerous’.
Do you have practical questions about what you are allowed and not allowed to do? You might find answers on the UK Government’s website Gov.UK, on the Q&As section here.