The British government extended its nationwide lockdown by three more weeks as the country ordered Britons to stay at home, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced.
Boris Johnson told reporters,Relaxing the lockdown measures now would “risk a second peak in the virus and undo the progress we’ve made to date,” inflicting further damage to the economy.
Making the announcement on Sunday, Boris said ‘now isn’t the time to lift the lockdown’ as he unveiled cautious plans to lift restrictions imposed seven weeks ago.
The British Prime Minister, said there would be some easing of restrictions from Wednesday, allowing “unlimited exercise”, sport and sunbathing, but only within households. He added that some primary school children could return and shops re-open from June 1. He labelled this first easing of lockdown as Step 1.
Johnson said some public places could re-open from July 1 but warned immigrants and visitors travelling to Britain would face quarantine measures.
In step two, at the earliest by June 1, after half-term, we believe we may be in a position to begin the phased reopening of shops and to get primary pupils back into school, in stages, beginning with reception (age four to five), year one (age five to six) and year six (10-11),” Johnson daid.
In step three, “at the earliest by July… we will hope to reopen at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing”, he added.
He noted that transitioning to each stage is “conditional” and depends on “all of us, the entire country, to follow the advice, to observe social distancing, and to keep that [rate of infection] down.”
We have been through the initial peak but it is coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous,”
The UK has passed it’s peak death rate but Johnson indicated restrictions could be reimposed, including locally, if there is a surge in cases. ”It would be madness to waste the sacrifices the public had made since the lockdown.”