Coronavirus: lockdown decreases slightly in England as some return to work


In England, people can spend more time outside, meet a friend in the park, and return home, as the government begins to loosen certain lockouts.

Under the new rules, garden centers can reopen and people can meet someone outside their home.

Sports that are physically distant – such as golf – are now also allowed.

During this time, some employees who cannot work from home are encouraged to return to their place of work.

It follows a speech on Sunday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which he
unveiled a “conditional plan” to reopen the company
, much of which has been blocked for seven weeks.

This has led to a divergence in lockdown rules between the UK government and decentralized administrations, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland retaining tougher measures and keeping the message of staying at home.

These are figures from the National Statistics Office
showed the UK economy had shrunk at the fastest rate since the financial crisis of the first quarter of 2020

Employers in England have been instructed to keep workplaces as safe as possible, including the use of shift work and frequent cleaning.

And those who flout the rules could face criminal charges, warned the Health and Safety Executive’s watchdog.

Frances O’Grady, secretary general of the Trades Union Congress, said the new guidelines for employers were “a step in the right direction” but “the real test will be the delivery.”

She said employers should post a risk assessment and if workers have concerns, they can contact the Health and Safety Executive hotline.

“It is really important to remember that workers have the right not to work if it puts them in imminent danger,” she told BBC Breakfast.

Asked how it was possible for people to maintain social distance in crowded buses and tubes as more and more people returned to work, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said the government was urging people to bike and walk if possible.

“The absolute key here is for anyone who can make other travel arrangements,” he told BBC Breakfast.

He added that even if the public transport network was operating at full capacity, only one in ten people could travel while respecting the rules of social distancing.

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Coronavirus: moving during a pandemic

In other developments, real estate agents can now reopen, visits can take place and removal companies and transporters can resume their activities, as long as the rules of social distancing and work safety are respected.

Anyone who has already bought a new home can now visit it to prepare to move in.

An estimated 450,000 relocation plans were suspended during the crisis, the Zoopla website suggests that £ 82 billion in transactions have been blocked.

There was also news late Tuesday for the childminders who were told
government directives changed to allow them to reopen
as long as they take care of children from a single household.

The updated foreclosure regulation, which was presented to Parliament on Tuesday, also allows people to leave their homes to pick up goods ordered from businesses or to go to waste or recycling centers.

Some outdoor sports may resume, golf clubs and tennis courts should reopen to the public. The playgrounds, however, will remain closed.

Restrictions have also been lifted on the distance people can travel to reach the countryside, national parks and beaches of England.

However, people have been warned to respect local communities, keep their distance from others and avoid hotspots or busy areas.

The government still advises people to use public transportation only for essential travel and reiterated that staying overnight on vacation or a vacation home is not allowed.

Those who break the rules will now be fined from £ 100 in England, which will double up to £ 3,200 with each new offense.

Chairman of the Council of National Police Chiefs, Martin Hewitt, said that officers “will continue to use common sense and discretion” to control the new rules.

He told BBC Breakfast that the police would encourage people to return home if they were not absent for “legitimate reason” and that law enforcement and fines would be used “only as a last resort. recourse ”.

He said the officers would not set up border checkpoints to prevent people from traveling from England to Wales for leisure.

However, he added, “I would just say to everyone, think carefully about whether it is reasonable to cross the border for leisure or sport and understand the rules of the country you are entering. “

This comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Tuesday that the
the leave scheme, which currently supports 7.5 million jobs, will be extended until the end of October

Starting in August, however, employers are expected to take a share of the bill as the economy reopens.

And for the self-employed, the possibility of applying for
an income support grant of up to £ 7,500 opens from 08:00 BST.

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