Coronavirus locking: the public is invited to respect the rules concerning public holidays


Man sunbathing on Primrose Hill in London on May 7, 2020 as life goes on in Britain as part of a national foreclosure to slow the spread of the new coronavirus

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The hot weather saw people in London go out and enjoy the sun

People should continue to obey the coronavirus lockout this holiday weekend, ministers said, despite sunny weather forecasts in some areas.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said it was “important” that the public follow the current “stay at home” guidelines.

It comes after the Welsh and Scottish governments accused the No. 10 of sending “mixed messages” on the foreclosure.

Boris Johnson will deliver a televised speech on Sunday to outline plans for England’s next lockdown.

Wales is expected to announce its lockdown plans later on Friday. The foreclosure of Scotland has already been officially extended and the Northern Irish executive has said there is “no room yet” to facilitate the foreclosure.

Temperatures are expected to reach 24 ° C (75 ° F) in parts of the UK on Friday in early May, a public holiday, which has been moved to coincide with Victory Day.

Some police forces have already told people to avoid beauty spots and have warned that there will be officers on patrol.

Speaking at the daily government briefing on Thursday, Raab said: “For the time being, it is really important, especially as people look to a weekend of hot holidays, that we continue to follow the guidelines in force at the moment ”.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman also said the lockdown rules are still in effect.

When asked if it meant “don’t sunbathe this weekend,” the spokesperson replied, “If you want to put it that way.”

“Need a clear message”

The repeated stay-at-home instruction comes after numerous newspaper articles earlier this week speculated on the lockdowns that could be lifted when Johnson delivers his speech on Sunday.

Some newspapers have suggested relaxing the rules of practice and encouraging more people to return to work.

BBC Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt said the government “vacillated” after Mr. Johnson “gave the impression to some that more significant changes were underway.”

Johnson said on Wednesday that he may want to “start” with measures to ease the lock-up on Monday.

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Johnson says UK government will act with “maximum caution” when it begins to facilitate the foreclosure

The Welsh government has criticized media reports, saying it risks sending “mixed messages” to the public.

Former Conservative Minister David Lidington also told BBC Newsnight that “there must be a clear but, above all, consistent message.”

“Not only must each minister say the same thing, but” close sources, advisers and confidants “must repeat what the ministers themselves have decided. “

Earlier, Raab said media reports “are not a reliable guide” to future political decisions.

“Any short-term change will be modest, modest, gradual, and very carefully monitored,” he said.

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Media captionAny lock changes will be “modest,” said Foreign Minister Dominic Raab

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have the power to make their own decisions on foreclosure regulations.

Number 10 said Mr. Johnson was in favor of a UK-wide approach, although different parties are starting to move at slightly different speeds based on the evidence for each nation.

Nicholas Watt of Newsnight said the current foreclosure of the UK government will continue for another three weeks “but it will consider relaxing the current regulations”.

“At the end of these three weeks, if the virus is in check at that time, the regulations could be changed; the lock could be relaxed, “he said.

Johnson will hold talks with the country on the lock-in at 7:00 p.m. BST Sunday.

Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to announce his own plans at a press conference at 12:30 pm Friday.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon – who extended the lockout – said she would not be “under pressure” from Westminster to “loosen restrictions” in Scotland “prematurely”.

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Socially distant Northampton residents joined people across the UK in the seventh Clap for Carers

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Police officers patrolled Westminster Bridge after crowds gathered there during weekly applause

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Northern England champions Roman Sukhomlyn and India Phillips obey lockout and train at home

According to the latest figures, the total number of people who died in hospitals, care homes and the community in the UK with coronavirus is 30,615, a daily increase of 539.

The government missed its goal of 100,000 tests per day for the fifth day in a row Thursday, offering 86,583 tests. It initially hit the target in late April.

In the Daily Telegraph, the leader of the Labor party, Sir Keir Starmer, said that everything should be done to take care of the elderly.

Referring to VE Day, he said: “We owe a lot to the generation of VE Day.

He added: “The crisis in our care homes has been going on for too long and we must do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable, many of whom have protected our country at its darkest hour. “

In other developments:

  • Rail services planned to increase starting May 18, in anticipation of more flexible lockout

  • Meanwhile, on the roads, the RAC says more people are now using their cars than earlier in locking
  • The bosses of more than 60 organizations and companies – including Iceland Foods, The Body Shop and Ben and Jerry’s – ask Mr. Johnson to prioritize a “green” economic recovery in the United Kingdom
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea – the retirement home for British veterans – said nine Chelsea retirees have died from coronavirus-related illnesses
  • Tribute paid to rapper nominated for Mercury Prize, deceased with 47-year-old coronavirus
  • People from across the country cheered NHS workers for Clap for Carers Week Seven.


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