BORIS Johnson has said wants Britain to be back at work from Tuesday, May 26th as long as coronavirus cases are low enough.
According to the front page lead in today’s newspaper The Sun, Ministers have pencilled in the Tuesday after the second May bank holiday to put the PM’s plan to restart the economy into action. The Prime Minister has promised to announce his ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown next Thursday.
The decision still depends on whether or not infection rates are low enough, but the government is becoming very aware that the public are tiring of restrictions, and many are already dangerously flouting lockdown requirements.
In detailed plans being drawn up across government now, offices, factories and some shops will be given two-and-a-half weeks to install new government social distancing measures, such as perspex screens and gaps between desks, says The Sun.
The newspaper has linked the story to a similar proposal to restart Premiership football matches on June 12th.
Downing Street is also said to be nervous about acting before the second bank holiday this month, fearing millions would take it as a sign it’s safe to pour into parks and onto beaches over the early summer break.
If infections are not deemed to have fallen enough by experts on the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, the plan will be delayed beyond May 26.
Not all sectors will be told they can return to work that soon.
The hospitality and entertainment industries are expected to remain closed for months longer, in a blow to pubs, restaurants and cinemas.
Other coronavirus restrictions are also likely to remain in place for some time, such as the ban on all social gatherings. But there has been no indication as to whether or not our churches will be allowed to re-open, using the same social distancing measures being put in place for workplaces.
In a response to a recent letter to the Prime Minister from The Catholic Universe calling for our churches to be re-opened, the government promised to review the situation “at the end of May.”
There have been increasing calls from the Catholic laity to allow limited and controlled access to churches, for private prayer and reflection.