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It has been 2 months since our nation went into lockdown. Tonight, the Prime Minister outlined the route we will be taking to defeat this virus and re-open our society. The Government has made a conditional, cross-party plan to move forward once we have achieved the five tests already outlined. We have made fast progress but there is so much more to do.
As always, we are working towards meeting the five tests set out last month. These tests are:
- Maintaining the NHS’s capacity to cope
- A sustained fall in the daily death rate
- The rate of infection (R) remains comfortably below 1
- We are able to continue to meet PPE demands
- We are confident that no adjustment of the rules would overwhelm the NHS
This is not the time to end the lockdown. However, tonight the Prime Minister set out the first, careful steps to modify our approach as we enter the second phase of fighting this virus.
For those who can’t work from home, and whose workplaces have not been forced to close by the Government, you can now go back to work. I must stress that when traveling to work, all efforts should be made not to use public transport. Instead, if you can, you should walk, or travel by car or bike.
A new COVID Alert system, run by a new COVID joint bio-security centre, has been created to monitor the threat of the virus across the nation.
There are five alert levels. Five being the most critical and one meaning the disease is no longer present in the UK. Throughout this lockdown, we have largely been at level four, but we are moving into level three and can begin to act accordingly. Also, the R rate is now below slightly below 1.
We have made progress, but we have by no means got there yet.
On Wednesday, rules on exercising will be relaxed, but we must continue to obey the social distancing rules and fines will be increased for the small minority who don’t abide by the rules.
If the evidence shows that we start are meeting the five tests, we can go further.
In step two of our strategy, we will look to reopen shops in a phased way, and to see the return of primary pupils back into school, beginning with Reception, Year 1, and Year 6 pupils. This will happen on June 1st at the earliest, depending on our progress before then.
In step three, the Prime Minister also stated that we may be able to begin re-opening some hospitality outlets and public places so long as social distancing is enforced and maintained. This will be from July 1st at the earliest.
But, I must stress that all of this is conditional.
We have a route and we have a plan. As the Prime Minister said, our next steps won’t be driven by hope or economic necessity – we will be driven by science, data, and public health.
Over the next few weeks, we must ensure that everyone makes this work. That means each of us playing our parts in following the guidance, maintaining social distance, and keeping our loved ones and our community safe.
Below you can find a detailed document published from the Government, which should provide additional clarity. You can also find answers to questions you may have here.
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Stay safe. We are in this together.
|Our Plan to Rebuild - The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.pdf||1.72 MB|