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Boris Johnson Updates the Nation on Lockdown

Boris Johnson Updates the Nation on Lockdown

Published by Matthew Pells at 7:13pm 10th May 2020. (Updated at 7:30pm 10th May 2020)

Boris Johnson has used a national address to update the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown situation.

The Prime Minster said there will be no immediate end to lockdown but went on to set out a 'conditional plan' for the next phase of the fight against Covid-19.

The PM said that people should work from home wherever possible but where not possible people should be actively encouraged to return to work. But he stressed that social distancing must be maintained.

The Prime Minister said it may be possible to reopen shops from June 1st, and that it may be possible to open Primary Schools for reception, years 1 and 6 from the same date.

All these measure are conditional on the rate of infection.

Boris Johnson says the UK is taking "the first careful steps" in easing the coronavirus lockdown - with people in England allowed to spend more leisure time outside from Wednesday, provided they stick to social distancing guidelines and stay two metres apart.

Here is his address in full.

The PM stressed that now "is not the time" to end the lockdown altogether - and said the government is simply taking "the first careful steps" to ease certain measures.

Explaining how things will change from Wednesday, he added: "You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household."

However, Mr Johnson warned that fines are going to be increased for the "small minority" who fail to obey social distancing rules.

Although Britons can return to their workplaces from tomorrow if necessary, the prime minister stressed that safety should be a priority when they are commuting.

"You should avoid public transport if at all possible, because we must and will maintain social distancing, and capacity will therefore be limited,"

"So work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can't work from home."

New guidance is also being offered to employers so workplaces can become "COVID secure".

And he said that the impact of all of these changes is going to be "closely monitored" at a local, regional and national level, adding:

"If there are outbreaks, if there are problems, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes."

During the address to the nation, Mr Johnson also said:

  • He believes children could gradually return to primary school from 1 June at the earliest - beginning with reception, Year 1 and Year 6
  • At least some of the hospitality industry and other public places could begin to reopen in July at the earliest "if and only if the numbers support it
  • "It will soon be the time" to impose quarantine on people coming into the UK by air
  • The UK's COVID-19 reproduction rate, also known as R, is between 0.5 and 0.9, "but potentially only just below one"
  • The lockdown measures "prevented this country from being engulfed by what could have been a catastrophe in which the reasonable worst-case scenario was half a million fatalities"
  • On a new five-stage COVID Alert Level, where one means the disease is no longer present and five is the most critical, the UK is currently at level four and "in a position to begin to move in steps to level three"
  • The PM stressed that any further relaxation of the lockdown measures "is conditional - it all depends on a series of big ifs".

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."

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dobo54, on 11th May 2020 10:14am
With the PM saying last night we can now travel to exercise we will be inundated with people coming to the coast again.
Surely if he had put a maximum distance of say 30 miles this would be better for every one .

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