11 May 2020
The new normal: UK Government launches lockdown easing strategy
Entitled ‘Our Plan to Rebuild,’ the UK Government has launched its strategy detailing how the UK will come out of lockdown. It has emphasised that its timetable will be delayed if the coronavirus is not controlled and restrictions could be reintroduced. It has also suggested that lockdown could be implemented by geographical area. B P Collins provides an overview of the key points.
Step 1 – 13 May
- Wear face coverings in enclosed spaces
- Only meet one person from outside household
- Drive to open spaces irrespective of distance
- Travel to work if workplace open
- Avoid public transport where possible
Step 2 – Earliest 1 June
- Non-essential retail to open where safe
- Phased return for nurseries and schools
- Hope that all Primary schools to return before the summer
- Sports and cultural events to take place behind closed doors
- Measures to facilitate small weddings
Step 3 – Earliest 1 July
The Government also states that as the UK adjusts its current restrictions, it will need to wind down the economic support measures while people are eased back to work.
On the 1 July at the earliest, all remaining businesses will reopen including hairdressers and beauty salons, pubs and hotels and leisure facilities, including cinemas.
The Government acknowledges that many measures require the development of new safety guidelines that set out how each type of physical space can be adapted to operate safely. The Government has been consulting relevant sectors, industry bodies, local authorities, trades unions, the Health and Safety Executive and Public Health England on their development and guidelines will be released tonight, according to the Prime Minister in Parliament this afternoon.
The Government is also examining more rigorous enforcement measures for non-compliance, as has been the case in other countries.
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