News | Legal News

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.

For any business or employment advice please contact us on 01753 889995 or email

Simon Deans

Simon Deans

Tel: 01753 279022 | 07841 672809

Jo Davis

Jo Davis

Tel: 01753 279029 | 07894 608230

About cookies on our website

Our Site uses cookies to improve your experience of certain areas of the Site and to allow the use of specific functionality, such as social media page sharing. You may delete and block all cookies from this Site, but as a result, parts of the Site may not work as intended.

To find out more about our cookies policy, please visit here.

Click on the button below to accept the use of cookies on this Site (this will prevent the dialogue box from appearing on future visits).