ALTHOUGH lockdown will NOT be lifted, new guidelines have been issued today by the Prime Minister – which will include unlimited exercise and sunbathing allowed in parks, from Wednesday onwards.
At the national press briefing at 7pm tonight at Number 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson updated the nation on the current coronavirus pandemic after seven weeks of lockdown measures as the death rate and hospital admissions across the UK decrease.
From Wednesday, people across the country will no longer be limited to one form of outside exercise per day and will even be allowed to play sports with members of their households, while following social distancing rules.
But he also said that more fines, that will increase to upto £3,200, will be issued to those who do not comply with the rules.
He issued a new slogan to replace the original 'Stay home - Protect the NHS - Save lives' which is now 'Stay alert – Control the virus – Save lives' and was followed by a list of six new directions to follow. They are:
-Stay home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with others
- Keep your distance of you go out
- Wash your hands
- Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
The Prime Minister warned any changes would depend on the entire country following social distancing rules and would be monitored at local, regional and national level.
Those who cannot work from home should go to work, but to try and avoid public transport where possible – preferably by walking or cycling and if that is not possible, by driving.
He said that he hopes restaurants and some parts of the hospitality industry can reopen by July, as he set out a roadmap for easing the lockdown in the country – but also stressed that he will not hesitate to “put on the breaks” if cases steeply increase again.
The prime minister also said that schools in England, shops and nurseries could partially reopen from June 1 - starting with reception, year 1 and year 6.
He delivered the announcement this evening, setting out the U.K.'s plans on how to ease the lockdown but added that there was "no immediate end to the lockdown" as people will still be required to stay at home most of the time.
H said: “I want to provide tonight - for you - the shape of a plan to address both fears. Both to beat the virus and provide the first sketch of a road map for reopening society. A sense of the way ahead, and when and how and on what basis we will take the decisions to proceed."
- What is the R value that Boris mentioned in his speech?
The R value is at the heart of understanding the threat posed by the coronavirus. It is the reproduction rate and is a way of working out a disease's ability to spread. While Measles, for example, has one of the highest numbers with a reproduction (or R) number of 15 in populations without immunity, it is believed that the coronavirus has an R number of about three.
Governments all over the world want to force the reproduction number down from about three to below one.
This is the reason you've not seen family, have had to work from home and the children have been off school. Stopping people coming into contact with each other to cut the virus's ability to spread.
Experts have said that keeping R below 1 - meaning one person with the virus passes it on to one other person - is the priority.
If the R is higher than one, then the number of cases increases exponentially - it snowballs like debt on an unpaid credit card. But if the number is lower, the disease will eventually peter out as not enough new people are being infected to sustain the outbreak.
A further 269 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths recorded to 31,855.