UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled the “careful steps” that the government will take to ease the emergency restrictions implemented as part of the blockade nationwide, relaxing the government’s order at home and allowing some people to return at work.
“From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to do more and even unlimited outdoor exercises,” Johnson said during his nationwide speech on Sunday.
“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 family,” continued the Prime Minister, warning that those who do not respect the social distance guidelines will face an increased fine.
In his taped Downing Street speech, the prime minister also confirmed that anyone who is unable to work from home – such as those in the construction and manufacturing sector – will be “actively encouraged” to return to work on Monday.
“Work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home and when you go to work, if possible, do it by car or, better yet, on foot or by bicycle,” Johnson said. “We want it to be safe for you to get to work, so you should avoid public transportation if possible because we must and will keep social distances, and therefore capacity will be limited.”
While the home stay order has been loosened, Johnson said there will be “no immediate end” to the national blockade.
“This is not the time to simply end the blockade this week … we are taking the first careful steps to change our measurements,” Johnson said.
“It would be madness to throw this result away allowing a second peak … we must be careful. We must continue to control the virus and save lives, “he added.
According to the prime minister, all changes to government restrictions will be carefully monitored at local, regional and national levels to avoid the risk of a second peak.
“If there are outbreaks, if there are problems, we will not hesitate to brake,” said Johnson.
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