The first step
Anyone who cannot work from home should now consider going to work if their workplace is open. Employers have a duty to make sure the workplace is safe, and the government says it has given people advice on how to manage a safe work environment.
Workers are encouraged to cycle or walk to work as much as possible or to travel by car to reduce the use of public transportation and avoid rush hours. Employers are asked to consider finding more parking spaces and bikes and providing changing rooms for staff to change their clothes for work.
Workers who come into contact with others during their shift should consider washing their clothes more often. The virus can remain on surfaces for up to 72 hours, so there should be regular disinfection if possible. Patrons are also encouraged to consider allowing staggered tee times. Workplaces must be well ventilated.
It is too early to open schools at the first stage, although the government is asking local councils to encourage vulnerable students and children of critical workers to go to school. Government amends guidelines to clarify that paid child care, such as nannies and childminders, can take place as long as it meets government guidelines for home safety, which include regular hand washing, washing of clothes, keeping a well ventilated area and taking into account more outdoor activities.
Everyone should continue to avoid public transportation whenever possible. The government says it will increase funding and give new statutory guidelines to encourage local authorities to widen sidewalks, consider road closures in cities, and create bike lanes.
Unlimited outdoor exercise means you can go out as many times a day as you want, but you still won’t be able to use areas such as playgrounds or outdoor gyms, where there is a higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces. You can exercise with up to one person outside your household, which means no team sports unless each participant is from the same household.
As long as you respect the rules of physical distance of two meters, you can meet someone outside your home, such as a friend or relative, in a public place.
You can drive to an outdoor location, regardless of the distance from your home, as long as you stay within the physical distance. However, the rules are different in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which means that people from England should not travel to areas of the country that do not adhere to the “step one” plan. by Boris Johnson.
These are not mandatory, but if you can, you should wear one on public transportation and in some stores. They should not be worn by children under two years of age.
This should continue for extremely vulnerable groups, who should stay at home and avoid face-to-face contact. For example, those who have had an organ transplant or are receiving chemotherapy or kidney dialysis.
People over the age of 70 with specific, chronic and pre-existing conditions, and pregnant women are “clinically vulnerable” and should minimize contact with others outside the home, but do not need to ‘be protected. The document says it is likely the government will advise clinically extremely vulnerable people to protect themselves beyond June – the end of the current 12-week period.
These measures concern England and depend on the level of risk at the time of the final decision. The first day of June is the target for the next steps, but it is flexible. There would be 48 hours notice of any change.
A gradual return for early childhood establishments and schools. Schools should prepare to start opening for more children from June 1, with the first years, daycare, year 1 and year 6, to return to smaller classes. High schools could start face-to-face contact for students in grades 10 and 12, who will take key exams next year. All children could go back to school before summer for a month, according to scientific advice.
Non-essential stores could reopen from June 1 on a gradual basis. Pubs, cafes and restaurants and beauty services would not be allowed to reopen at this stage as the risk of transmission in these environments is higher.
Sport and culture
Cultural and sporting events will be allowed to take place behind closed doors for broadcasting.
Social and family contact
The government says it wants to reduce the most harmful effects of current social restrictions while continuing to limit the risk of chains of transmission. One measure could be to allow two households to share child care to create a “social bubble.” The government is considering considering allowing small marriages.
These measures will be reviewed for introduction on July 4. If all five tests are completed and scientific advice suggests other changes are acceptable, the government plans to reopen the remaining companies such as pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, beauty salons, places of worship and cinemas.
These places must respect the safety instructions. Some sites which, by design, involve a difficult physical distance may not be able to reopen at this stage.