The Health secretary, Matt Hancock, has described the passage from level 4 to level 3 of the “big moment” and said that the government would “put the country on foot”.
Level 3 means that the virus is in “general circulation,” while level 4 means that the transmission is high and / or increasing exponentially.
The transition to level 3 has been recommended by the joint centre for biosecurity of the government and approved by the senior doctors in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Mr. Johnson announced on Sunday a re-examination of the rule of the social distance of 2 meters, involving economists, and scientists, but it is under pressure from many conservative mps to repeal it immediately to help revive the economy.
The former conservative chief Iain Duncan Smith has called on the Prime minister to change the rule.
“Scientists now believe that it is over and other countries have already gone to 1 meter “, he said. “It is high time that we resolve this problem so that businesses, schools and hospitals can begin to operate at full capacity.”
Business groups have warned that the rule would prevent the reopening of at least a third of pubs and restaurants, thus risking the collapse of thousands of businesses.
More than 1 million jobs in pubs, restaurants and hotels, would be threatened if the rule remained unchanged, according to Kate Nicholls, head of the professional organization UKHospitality.
In accordance with the “roadmap” of the government for the easing of the regulation in England, published in may, the hotel industry, which is expected to reopen no later than 4 July. This calendar has not yet been confirmed by the ministers.
The owners of the pub have said that they lacked the time, some threatening to break the law by re-opening July 4, irrespective of the directives of the government.
“I open the 4th of July, even if it means that I’m in jail the [the] fifth by breaking the law, ” said an owner of a pub. “A multitude of businesses go to the wall this week, operators are amazing, and unless we open up, the industry is going to implode. “
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Small business owners fear that they may be disproportionately affected by the rule of the social distance of 2 metres.
In a letter addressed to the secretary to the business Alok Sharma, the Federation of small businesses has said that up to a fifth of the companies “do not believe that they can reopen in a manner consistent with current guidelines on safe working, including social distancing”.
Many small businesses, she added, saw the rule of the social distance of 2 meters as the biggest obstacle to the re-opening.
“Small businesses generally have, on the whole, small premises, and in addition, there are many small shops where small businesses can’t open,” said the FSB.
During this time, the government is coming closer to agreement on the “corridors of travel” with some european countries, including France, Spain, Portugal and Greece.
These nations could then be exempted from the obligation of the United Kingdom that the people arriving in the country are placed in quarantine for two weeks.
The ministers hope to be able to announce the corridors of travel with some european countries on June 29, the provisions taking effect on 4 July, reported the Daily Telegraph.
The insiders of the british government have said that the agreements with the european countries would still be dependent on levels of infection by Covid-19.