Source: Downing Street
The details of Step 1 of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic were outlined this evening by the Prime Minister. More details are expected to follow this week.
Stay at Home > Stay Alert
The Government in England (but not Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) has changed the message from Stay at Home to "Stay Alert".
Those that cannot work from home: Construction & Manufacturing
Those who work in Construction and Manufacturing, along with any others that cannot work from home are now being encouraged to work from tomorrow.
Those who are going to work are requested not to use public transport.
We said that you should work from home if you can, and only go to work if you must.
We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work.
And we want it to be safe for you to get to work. So you should avoid public transport if at all possible – because we must and will maintain social distancing, and capacity will therefore be limited.
So work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home.
The Introduction of the 5 Covid Alert Levels
The lockdown in place since 23rd March has been classified as Level 4 on the new scale. This means that there is scope for even more severe lockdown should the 'R level' increase sufficiently.
The higher the level, the tougher and stricter we will have to be.
There will be five alert levels.
Level One means the disease is no longer present in the UK and Level Five is the most critical – the kind of situation we could have had if the NHS had been overwhelmed.
Over the period of the lockdown we have been in Level Four, and it is thanks to your sacrifice we are now in a position to begin to move in steps to Level Three.
From Wednesday 13th May
From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.
You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household.
You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them.
Step 2: Earliest possible date of 1st June 2020
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 schools, in stages, beginning with reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
Our ambition is that secondary pupils facing exams next year will get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays. And we will shortly be setting out detailed guidance on how to make it work in schools and shops and on transport.
Step 3: Earliest by 1st July 2020
And step three - at the earliest by July - and subject to all these conditions and further scientific advice; if and only if the numbers support it, we will hope to re-open at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing.
Throughout this period of the next two months we will be driven not by mere hope or economic necessity. We are going to be driven by the science, the data and public health.
The Catch-All - these dates remain provisional
And I must stress again that all of this is conditional, it all depends on a series of big Ifs. It depends on all of us – the entire country – to follow the advice, to observe social distancing, and to keep that R down.
Incoming Travel Measures
It is understood that the Government intends to announce measures to quarantine incoming visitors to the UK:
And to prevent re-infection from abroad, I am serving notice that it will soon be the time – with transmission significantly lower – to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air.
Read the full speech here: