After seven weeks and more than 30,000 deaths, it is not yet time to lift the U.K.’s coronavirus lockdown, according to Boris Johnson.
But while urging the public to “stay alert,” the prime minister has set out his tentative plan for easing the restrictions on daily life.
Go to Work
Ministers never told people not to work at all, but to work at home if they could. Now Johnson is changing that emphasis, telling people to go out to work if they can’t work from home. The idea is to get the economy moving again, especially in sectors such as construction and manufacturing.
Johnson wants people to cycle or walk or drive their own cars to work, rather than take trains and buses, because social distancing will reduce the space available on public transport.
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