Garden centers will be allowed to reopen next week as part of Boris Johnson’s plans to facilitate locking.
They can let customers visit again from Wednesday provided strict social distancing and hygiene measures are in place, government sources said.
Cleaners and traders such as plumbers who work inside homes will also be asked to return to work.
The Welsh government announced yesterday that garden centers in Wales will be allowed to reopen from Monday.
However, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has given no indication that the ban in Scotland will be relaxed.
The Prime Minister will use a televised address for the nation tomorrow evening to warn that many restrictions will have to remain in place for several weeks while the coronavirus is under control.
Ministers will finalize a 40-page “roadmap” outlining the lockout plan before it is declared.
This should include advice on wearing “face covers” in confined spaces where social distancing is difficult, such as on public transport and in stores.
Downing Street said yesterday that Johnson would act with “maximum caution” to ease the lockdown to prevent a second deadly wave of infection.
But he will abandon the slogan “Stay at home” in favor of a slightly less restrictive slogan.
And it should announce a number of “easements” to the lock rules.
This will include ending the once-a-day restriction on outdoor exercise and lifting the ban on sunbathing in parks, provided people keep away from each other other.
Garden center operators have warned that they could go bankrupt if they cannot move their stock.
As of Wednesday, they will be allowed to open across England, but tearooms, playgrounds and play areas will remain closed.
A government source said, “We have heard calls from garden centers, which are in a very difficult situation due to the nature of their business.
Mac is back, to drive through a snack
Fast food services should reopen – as they are great for maintaining social distance, a minister said yesterday.
McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King have started resuming service at their kiosks on a pilot basis in anticipation of an easing of the lockout.
George Eustice, the secretary of the environment, said: “It is likely that a McDonald’s journey is made for social distancing because people do not leave their cars. It is entirely possible that these sites will reopen and reopen safely – we never demanded that they be closed. “
Asked during daily briefing # 10 on whether fast food could have been left open, Mr. Eustice said: “Although restaurants and pubs had to close, we wanted to keep this capacity so we could do takeaways. “
McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King have started resuming service at their kiosks on a pilot basis in anticipation of a more relaxed lockout [File photo]
“The fact that they are largely open outdoor spaces means that the risk of transmission is relatively low, as long as people follow the rules. “
They are the first of the “non-essential” points of sale authorized to reopen.
The Prime Minister should also encourage sectors not directly affected by the foreclosure to resume their activities. This will include construction companies and those working in other people’s homes, such as cleaners, plumbers and carpet fitters.
They will receive new advice to operate safely. This will include keeping interior doors open, staying two meters from owners and accepting electronic payments rather than cash.
The ministers are also discussing with rail companies the increase in service starting on May 18, as more and more people return to work. But office workers will have to continue working from home indefinitely.
And the Prime Minister should not make an immediate change to bans on social gatherings or the closure of pubs, shops and restaurants.
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference last night, Environment Secretary George Eustice said, “There will be no dramatic change overnight. We have to be very careful, we are not out of the woods yet. “
The ministers also plan to increase fines for those who break the rules and introduce a 14-day quarantine for those arriving from abroad. PM hopes to pursue a UK-wide approach. But yesterday there were signs that it was starting to break.
Education secretary Gavin Williamson hopes to bring some children back to school after midterm at the end of this month, although he has not set a specific date. But Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said schools in Wales will not be back in early June. And Miss Sturgeon said her government only relaxed the exercise rule once a day.
Meanwhile, the government hit a target of 100,000 viruses a day for the first time this week, hitting 97,029 targets on Thursday.
Progress was hampered by “technical difficulties” in one of the main test laboratories.
Johnson’s goal is to increase capacity to 200,000 tests a day by the end of this month.
The Prime Minister should also encourage sectors not directly affected by the foreclosure to resume their activities. This will include construction companies and those working in other people’s homes such as cleaners, plumbers and carpet fitters