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Boris Johnson sets out first sketch of roadmap for UK route out of Coronavirus lockdown

Boris Johnson sets out first sketch of roadmap for UK route out of Coronavirus lockdown

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a first sketch of a 'conditional plan' to ease lockdown restrictions in the coming weeks and months. 

The key dates the Prime Minister set out include;

  • If you cannot work from home, you should go back to work from Monday (11 May) but try to avoid using public transport unless absolutely necessary. People who can work from home should continue to work from home.
  • From Wednesday (13 May), people can partake in unlimited outdoor exercise and play sports with their family but must observe social distancing rules.
  • The next step of the plan should see some primary schools pupils in England return to school, starting with pupils in Year R,1& 6. Non-essential shops could also start to reopen. This step will happen on June 1, at the earliest.
  • Some of the hospitality industry and other public places may be able to reopen in the following step "if the numbers support it", taking place no earlier than 1 July 

Mr Johnson said a new Covid Alert System with five levels will govern how quickly lockdown restrictions can be eased. He warned "This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week. Instead we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures."

The Prime Minister also added that it would soon be the time to impose quarantine measures on people entering the UK by air. 

More details are expected to be announced on Monday when the Prime Minister speaks to MPs in the House of Commons and a 50-page document is to be released setting out the government's plan to tackle the Coronavirus moving forward.

You can watch the full address that was broadcast on Sunday evening on 10 Downing Street's YouTube Channel. 

 

 

Photo Credit: Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street under licence (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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