UK workers to return to work on Monday after 7 weeks lockdown
London, May 10, 2020 (AltAfrica)-British PM, Boris Johnson will tell UK workers who cannot do their jobs from home to begin returning to their workplaces from Monday while following social distancing rules.
The go back to work message is part of a coronavirus warning system for England when the PM outlines his plans to gradually ease the lockdown on Sunday (Today)
The prime minister is expected to drop the “stay home” slogan and instead tell the country to “stay alert, control the virus and save lives” when he outlines his “roadmap” to a new normality during an address to the nation
It comes as a scientific adviser to the Government told the Sunday Times that the UK could suffer more than 100,000 deaths by the end of the year if measures are relaxed too hastily, stressing: “There is very limited room for manoeuvre.”
It is understood that a warning system administered by a new “joint biosecurity centre” will detect local increases in infection rates, with the aim of altering restrictions locally in England. The alerts will range from green at level one to red at level five. Johnson is expected to say that the nation as a whole is close to moving down from four to three.
The prime minister will chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee with cabinet ministers, leaders of the devolved nations and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, before his 7pm pre-recorded address.
On Monday, the government will publish a 50-page document outlining the full plan to cautiously restart the economy to MPs.
The shift in messaging will come amid concerns that workers may not wish to resume their roles after the firm instructions to “stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives”.
The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said on Saturday that the prime minister would be proceeding with “extreme caution”. The incoming changes for England were expected to be modest, he suggested, with a lifting of the limit of only one period of exercise per day and permission for garden centres to reopen.