Boris Johnson will return to work Monday under pressure from the Labor leader and conservative donors to lift the coronavirus blocking measures.
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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has stepped up pressure on the government to establish an “exit strategy” for lifting lockout measures that were put in place on March 23 to slow the spread of coronavirus.
His intervention comes as a series of conservative supporters, who donated millions of pounds to the party, urged the government to start easing the restrictions to allow the economy to restart.
The UK retail lobby group and its major union have issued new guidelines for retailers in anticipation of an expected relaxation of measures and the reopening of more stores.
In his call for an exit strategy, Sir Keir said in a letter to Johnson that it is essential that ministers learn from the mistakes made so far in dealing with the crisis.
He added that the United Kingdom risked falling behind other countries, as well as the decentralized administrations of Scotland and Wales, which were already engaged in “adult” conversations with their citizens on how restrictions could be relaxed.
Ministers have so far resisted calls for an exit strategy, arguing that it may undermine their central message that people must stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
However, Sir Keir’s letter echoes concerns expressed by some high-profile conservatives alarmed by the growing damage to the economy caused by the foreclosure.
The Labor leader said any exit strategy would only be effective if the government put in place the necessary planning, investments and infrastructure quickly.
He wrote: “Acting simply as if this discussion is not happening is not credible, especially when other governments and our own decentralized administrations have been able to communicate much more.
“The British public has made great sacrifices for the lock to work. They deserve to be part of an adult conversation about what’s to come. If we are to take people with us and get their consent, this is necessary now.
“This is a national crisis and therefore needs a national response. The coming weeks will require urgent preparation and planning on the part of the government. We have already seen the consequences of poor planning and preparation. This cannot happen again. ”
Sir Keir said that if the Labor Party fully supported the lock, the government had been too slow to put it in place.
He also said the government had been too slow to increase testing and too slow to send Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the NHS and front-line health workers.
He continued, “If we are to learn from these mistakes, the government cannot be unprepared for what will happen when the time comes to gradually lift the lockdowns.
“The British government is lagging behind on this. I fear that we are falling behind the rest of the world. This is why we must see a radical change in the government’s response to this pandemic.
“Decisions need to be made faster and communication with the public needs to be clearer. “
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Conservative supporters Michael Spencer and Peter Hargreaves, banker Sir Henry Angest, Phones4u founder John Caudwell and restaurateur Richard Caring have all told The Sunday Times they want to see the economy reopen.
Steve Morgan, the former boss of homebuilder Redrow, told the newspaper, “We are actually in danger that the drug – if you want to call it locking – is more harmful than the remedy.
“I strongly support the return of the country to work. It’s not about profit; it’s about saving the country from bankruptcy, mass unemployment, bankrupt businesses, people who are losing their livelihoods and their homes. “
Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Scientific Emergency Advisory Group (SAGE), which advises the government on its response to the epidemic, warned that any release could increase the number of new cases.
He told the Observer: “The strategy behind the plans to lift the lock is based on the idea (that) you could then control the epidemic by testing people for infections before finding their contacts.
“However, if we lifted the lockout now, the test and trace system would be out of date. We will have to reduce the numbers of cases much lower than they are now before we think about lifting the current regulations. “
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) lobby group and the Usdaw retail union proposed guidelines on social distancing for non-food retail stores before an expected easing of foreclosure measures.
The guidance builds on government advice and lessons learned from “essential” retailers who were allowed to stay open during the foreclosure, such as supermarkets and pharmacies.
These include providing a hand sanitizer to customers, encouraging buyers to visit stores alone, limiting the number of stores at any time, keeping customers two meters apart , install protective screens at checkouts, and step up cleaning and encourage cashless payments.
The government said on Friday that it was too early to lift the lockdown, although economic data indicates that the British economy is collapsing under pressure.
British retail sales fell the most in March, as the surge in lockout food purchases was overshadowed by a drop in sales of clothing and most other goods.
The crisis is expected to be even worse in April.