The Prime Minister urged the public to leave today to support these businesses, on which workers and their livelihoods depend on the recovery of the economy. Boris Johnson however warned people not to get carried away.
At a press conference on Friday, the Prime Minister asked the public not to “blow” the progress made by England and deployed the government’s new slogan “Enjoy the summer safely”. He said:
We are progressing, we were aiming for July 4, we wanted to set a goal, we think we are in good shape but my message is: don’t blow it.
Chief Physician in England Prof Chris Whitty said the pandemic “is far from over” as he urged the public to follow the rules of social distancing as the directions are relaxed.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific advisor, also warned of the danger of Covid-19 “super-spreading” in pubs.
Whitty said at the conference:
None of us believe it, and I’m sure no one is watching this, it’s a safe next step. This is absolutely not the case, which is why we have to be very serious about it.
There is no doubt that these are environments whose main job is to bring people together, it is a good thing to do socially, but it is also a good thing from the point of view of the virus.
Therefore, we need to have a really clear and disciplined approach to try to maintain social distance while enjoying the ads.
Although advice on physical distance is not enshrined in law, the government strongly urges people to follow the 1 meter rule and above, to wear masks, to sit side by side rather than opposite and wash your hands regularly. There does not appear to be a legal requirement to provide names and contact details to site owners during your visit (for contact tracing purposes), although some establishments actively encourage it.
In addition, as of today, people in England can meet in groups of up to 30 people, indoors or outdoors, and overnight stays are now permitted, provided that the physical distance be maintained. Weddings of up to 30 people can also be arranged.
We will closely monitor the course of the day. With the cold weather and drizzle, how far will people hold back or venture to a certain degree of return to “normal life”?
Feel free to contact me throughout the day while I work to share tips and send photos and your own experiences if you venture out to do any of the above – and be safe!
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