What lockdown changes did UK Prime Minister Johnson announce?

What lockdown changes did UK Prime Minister Johnson announce?

There will be no immediate end to the coronavirus lockdown in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, setting out plans to begin gradually easing some of the measures which have shut down much of the economy for almost seven weeks.

"This increased mobility means the government is now advising that people should aim to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet, for example on public transport or in some shops". "We now need to stress that anyone who can't work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work".

Changes may include being able to exercise a couple of times a day and the reopening of garden centers. The government says this will allow those to return to work who can not work from home, and encourage vulnerable children and children of key workers to go to school or childcare.

The Prime Minister said, that reception year 1 and 6 pupils "may" be allowed to return back to school on 1 June, at the earliest.

Johnson said to prevent re-infection from overseas "it will soon be the time.to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air".

There will be more details discussed in Parliament today [Monday], Johnson said. "What the country wanted tonight was clarity and consensus, but we haven't got either of those", Starmer said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a protective mask to his face as he arrives for a daily briefing on the COVID-19 outbreak in Valhalla, New York, U.S., May 7, 2020. He returned to work only two weeks ago following a hospitalization for COVID-19 that almost cost the 55-year-old his life.

He did say that if it gives people "confidence", then they should wear them in public.

But in a sign of a gradual shift towards getting the country moving again, he tweeted new public advice for people to "stay alert", to replace the current slogan to "stay home, save lives". "And we will shortly be setting out detailed guidance on how to make it work in schools and shops and on transport", Johnson said. The government of Wales said earlier it will likewise not follow Johnson's lead. "Many people will be puzzled by it", he told BBC TV. As of Sunday, Britain had reported some 219,183 confirmed infections. Workers returning on a part-time basis will also get their pay topped up, the newspaper said.

Could more pupils soon be back in the classroom
Could more pupils soon be back in the classroom

The prime minister, who spent a week in the hospital receiving treatment for COVID-19, stressed that social distancing guidelines still will have to be observed and said it would be "madness" to allow a second spike in infections.

Repeat offenders will see the fine double for each subsequent breach to a maximum of £3,200.

Quarantine measures will be imposed on all air passengers arriving in the United Kingdom - though the measure will not apply to travelers from France.

Following a week of mixed messages that started with Johnson indicating that there will be changes to the lockdown beginning Monday, the government has sought to douse speculation that they will amount to much.

The government has had to lower expectations about Johnson's address, after newspaper reports earlier this week suggested the lockdown would be eased.

Johnson said the government "must reverse rapidly the bad epidemics in care homes and in the NHS", among conditions for easing the lockdown.

"We have been through the initial peak but it is coming down the mountain that is often more unsafe", he added.

-With assistance from Alex Morales and Alastair Reed.

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