On Sunday, Boris Johnson revealed a ‘conditional plan’ to reopen society, suggesting more people in England could spend more time outdoors from Wednesday.
He has told the public that those who can not work from home should return to the workplace – but avoid public transport.
Highlighting a new Covid Alert System with five levels, he said that this would govern how quickly lockdown restrictions could be eased. However, the prime minister has mde it clear that “this is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week. Instead we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures.” With this, he also confirmed that fines for the small minority who break lockdown rules will increase.
The PM explained how the “R” number -the reproduction rate of the virus – would be crucial in deciding whether lockdown could be eased further. Experts have said that keeping R below 1 – meaning one person with the virus passes it on to one other person – is the priority. “It depends on all of us – the entire country – to follow the advice, to observe social distancing, and to keep that R down,” he said.
The poster below highlights the updated guidance for England.
Check out Boris Johnson’s full ‘Conditional Plan’ below: