Boris Johnson reveals 50-page lockdown plan from schools to work – but we have to wait days for key rules


BORIS Johnson has today laid out his 50-page roadmap to easing Britain's coronavirus lockdown in three stages, but the key details are STILL missing.

The PM today published a lengthy plan to get the country back to school and work – without risking a huge second wave of infections.

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Last night he gave a statement outlining the three stages of his plan, and today's document features some of the small print.

But lots of the details are still missing from the huge document, with it raising more questions than it answers.

Boris will give a speech in the House of Commons this afternoon and will reveal more of his thinking to MPs, who will get a chance to quiz him on it.

In a foreword, he said: "This document sets out a plan to rebuild the UK for a world with COVID-19.

"It is not a quick return to 'normality.' Nor does it lay out an easy answer.

"And, inevitably, parts of this plan will adapt as we learn more about the virus.

"But it is a plan that should give the people of the United Kingdom hope.

"Hope that we can rebuild; hope that we can save lives; hope that we can safeguard livelihoods."

But the PM warned Britain that the only way out of a complete lockdown was finding a vaccine – and there was still a chance that could never happen.

The huge plan revealed:

  • People won't get the chance to see their relatives again properly for at least weeks to come – but ministers are looking at allowing one household to see another one
  • Brits will be advised to wear face masks on public transport and anywhere where people can't stay 2m apart
  • The Government want all primary school kids to go back to school for a month before the summer holidays
  • The public are now allowed to go outside for leisure reasons, but they can't stay overnight for a holiday
  • Sporting events to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast within weeks

WORK

As Boris said yesterday, anyone who can't work from home should now be able to go back to work.

Documents for businesses on how to keep their offices safe are expected to be released in the next day or so, leaving many still short of exactly what they need to do.

Dominic Raab said earlier the new rules would then come into place on Wednesday, leaving businesses just hours to get properly ready.

Workers at construction firms and in food production are among those the government has encouraged to go back to work as it today confirms its roadmap to recovery.

Example of sectors the government says should reopen if they've not already done so include food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, and scientific research in laboratories.

Paid childcare providers, such as nannies and childminders, can also reopen as long as they follow public health guidelines including keeping hands, faces, and clothes as clean as possible.

While it's recommended you keep a 2meter distance away from those outside of your household, the government says this isn't a hard and fast rule.

SCHOOLS

In England, primary school pupils will start to return in ­phases from June but children at second­aries will not be back in until at least September, as confirmed last night.

Nurseries, reception year children, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils will be the first to return after the May half term.

The documents today revealed that the Government want primary schools in England to go back for at least a month before the school holidays.

That means they will likely be back in classrooms in late June.

However, while kids will be expected to send their kids in, they won't be fined if they keep them at home, sources confirmed today.

Welsh pupils still have no date for when they may return to school.

MEETING PEOPLE

New guidelines published today reveal the Government in investigating whether it’s safe for two homes to mix together.

Now being reviewed by SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies), it could see friends and family finally reunited.

In a new outline of Boris's vision, it says: “The Government has asked SAGE to examine whether, when and how it can safely change the regulations to allow people to expand their household group to include one other household in the same exclusive group.

“The intention of this change would be to allow those who are isolated some more social contact, and to reduce the most harmful effects of the current social restrictions, while continuing to limit the risks of chains of transmission.

“It would also support some families to return to work by, for example, allowing two households to share childcare.

“This could be based on the New Zealand model of household “bubbles” where a single ‘bubble’ is the people you live with.”

From Wednesday, the public will be allowed to meet with one other person who is not from their household.

But they must remain 2m away at all times.

It means people can finally see friends and family again – but only one other person and at a distance.

These rule changes will only apply in England, and they don't apply in gardens.

People can only meet up in public spaces for now.

TRAVEL

In the next few weeks, anyone coming into the UK form abroad will face a 14 day quarantine.

However, France and Ireland will be exempt from this for now.

More details on the plan are expected, but it's not going to come into action for a few weeks yet.

Meanwhile, Brits will be able to travel to exercise from Wednesday – no matter how far.

But they must stay within England and cannot cross the border into Wales or Scotland.

It will mean Brits can take day trips to the beach, parks and lakes that are not nearby.

LEAVING THE HOUSE

Brits will soon be able to leave the house for more than just the four reasons listed in the coronavirus laws.

They will be allowed to travel to other places for sunbathing, picnics, and other leisure reasons.

Boris also revealed last night the public will soon be able to do as much exercise as they like, rather than just once a day like at the moment.

That will include sports like golf and tennis which had previously shut down partially thanks to the lockdown.




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