The Prime Minister has now set out the Government’s road map for the next phase of our fight against coronavirus. Guided by the science, our aim is to ensure that we avoid a second peak which overwhelms the NHS. Because protecting the health and safety of the British public is, and must always be, our number one priority.
We must not waste the huge sacrifices the British people have made in lockdown to get the virus under control, but we need to restart our economy. It is important that we save lives but we also have to strike a balance to protect livelihoods and minimise all of the catastrophic effects on peoples lives that come from significant economic damage. We must save lives and recognise that severe economic damage costs lives too.
This is why we are approaching the adjustment of the lockdown measures carefully and deliberately, taking action in phases and constantly assessing the impact of those actions. We will take gradual steps to ease the lockdown, and then will pause until its impact, and the subsequent risk of a second peak, can be reliably measured. Only then will we move to the next step.
If you are unable to work from home, and your company can follow social distancing rules or the relevant government safety advice, then you should return to work. If you can work from home, you should. If you are a vulnerable person returning to work you should take extra caution and your employer has a duty to you to reduce the risk of you catching Covid-19.
Full information on the Governments strategy to ease lockdown can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/884760/Our_plan_to_rebuild_The_UK_Government_s_COVID-19_recovery_strategy.pdf
What Can I Now Do?
Form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children. In other words, you can act as if you were a single household.
You are allowed to meet in groups of up to six people who you do not live with or who are not in your support bubble. This should be in an outdoors setting and observing a 2-metre distance.
You are able to visit any type of shop and some additional outdoor attractions - drive-in cinemas, and animal attractions like zoos, farms and safari parks, as well as places of worship for individual prayer.
More detailed information can be found here.
The Police and local authorities have the powers to enforce social distancing rules and disperse groups of people. It is a criminal offence to:
- meet indoors with anyone who is not a member of your household or, from 13 June, your support bubble, except for specific exceptions set out in law
- meet outdoors in a group of more than six with people who are not in your household or support bubble, except for specific exceptions set out in law
- incite others to break the rules by e.g. inviting people to a party
- threaten others with infection by coronavirus, for example by coughing or spitting in their direction
Information on what you now can and cannot do can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do