With the strict restrictions to be reviewed on Thursday – and details to be announced on Sunday – the Prime Minister should change the rules so that people can leave the house repeatedly in one day, as long as they keep a safe distance from anyone outside their home.
Meanwhile, government Twitter accounts have started to broadcast a new, more nuanced message – “Stay safe, save lives” – with the slogan “Stay home, save lives” that should be abandoned.
But government sources have warned of the expectation of an imminent reopening of the economy, one of them saying, “We are just not in a space of major change.”
The changes – which are likely to leave the public hanging on to the weather forecast in hopes of conditions that will make more time possible outside the home – were raised after Johnson said to the Prime Minister’s questions that the government wanted to “go from forward with some of these steps on Monday. “
But community secretary Robert Jenrick said there may still be localized closings even if restrictions are lifted nationwide, defining “interventions in smaller micro-communities where you see the virus picking up “
When the lockdown took effect, some experts feared that “fatigue” would set in if restrictions on the daily life of the public were imposed too soon. But compliance was much higher than what the government had expected.
Now, Conservative chief electoral officer Isaac Levido has helped develop the communications plan for “phase two” of the crisis, as Johnson called it.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that allowing people to spend more time outdoors in “small defined groups” is one of the five “initial options” that Scotland is likely to pursue when scientific evidence justifies the lifting of certain constraints.
Scientific evidence suggesting that transmission of the virus is less likely in open spaces has led ministers to focus on the possibility of more outdoor activities. However, pub beer gardens and cafes with outdoor seating will likely remain closed, like most stores, as they fear it will be difficult for them to impose social distancing.