Boris Johnson announces that this is not the time to end the lockdown
In his address to the nation yesterday evening, Johnson addressed the limitations of the nationwide lockdown and announced that the public can now go out to exercise an unlimited amount of times per day, and also visit public parks, as long as the two-metre social distancing rule is in place. Johnson also announced that those who are unable to work from home, can now return into the workplace, but to avoid public transport if possible. In his pre-recorded address, Johnson also outlined that primary aged children will likely return back to school from the beginning of June and that hospitality trades could open at the earliest from 1st July, providing our Covid-19 alert decreases, and that our R rate falls from 0.9 to 0.5.
The Prime Minister’s address has been met with controversy and is currently trending on twitter for its fourteenth hour, under the hashtag #BorisHasFailedBritain. The general consensus appears to be that his speech was misleading, and both encouraged and belittled staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus. Many have spoken out against the ‘confusing’ new rules put in place, including Piers Morgan, comedian Matt Lucas and Phillip Schofield. Along with the country’s frustrations, comes a call for more union memberships and a reminder of the Employment Rights Act 1996 Section 44 that highlights the right of employees to refuse to attend work if their safety is not guaranteed. Further details regarding the specifics of the lockdown are expected to be published today, as announced by BBC this morning.
In opposition, there have also been many in support of Johnson’s address that recognise the necessity of reopening businesses to save our economy from total collapse. With the health and safety requirements rising significantly in manual positions such as construction and key working jobs, the employees should be able to operate at a safe distance from one another with appropriate PPE and keep our economy bobbing above the water. The government is attempting to keep our economy from collapse whilst also keeping the virus at bay and preventing the spread, with hopes that this can be achieved hand in hand. Should the public continue to follow appropriate social distancing measures and only go out for work and exercise, then hopefully the economy can begin to bounce back, and the R rate will decline.
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