British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched “cautious steps” to be taken by the government to ease emergency restrictions imposed as part of national lockdown, relax government orders to remain at home and allow some people to return to work.
“From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to do more and even unlimited training outdoors,” Johnson said in his address to the country on Sunday.
“You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even exercise, but only with your own household members,” continued the prime minister, reminding that those who ignore social distance guidelines will face fines which increases.
In his speech recorded from Downing Street, the prime minister also stressed that all who cannot work from home – such as those in construction and manufacturing – will be “actively encouraged” to return to work on Monday.
“Work from home if you can, but you have to go to work if you can’t work from home and when you go to work, if possible, do it by car or, even better, by walking or cycling,” Johnson said. “We want you to be safe to work, so you should avoid public transportation if possible, because we must and will maintain social distance, and therefore capacity will be limited.”
While orders to stay home have been relaxed, Johnson insists that there will be “no end” to national locking.
“This is not the only time to end the lockdown this week … we are taking the first cautious steps to modify our actions,” Johnson said.
“It would be crazy now to get rid of that achievement by letting the second spike … we must stay alert. We must continue to control the virus and save lives, “he added.
According to the prime minister, all modifications in government restrictions will be closely monitored at the local, regional and national levels to avoid a second peak risk.
“If there is an outbreak, if there is a problem, we will not hesitate to put the brakes on,” said Johnson.