What happened with the UK lockdown?
On March 23, Boris Johnson placed the UK in a police forced lockdown with further drastic measures in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
The prime minister has ordered people to leave their homes only as part of a “very limited target” list, banning mass gatherings and ordering non-essential stores to close.
Mr Johnson announced a step-by-step strategy for phase two of the lockdown on Sunday, May 10, in which he spoke of a gradual easing of restrictions, rather than a complete lifting of the lockdown. However, the reaction to his speech was fierce, with many accusing the Prime Minister of confusing the British public.
On Monday, May 11, Mr Johnson released his ‘road map’ for getting the UK out of lockdown, which set out a three-phase strategy to gradually lift current restrictions.
Mr Johnson subsequently announced on Thursday May 28 that all five tests to facilitate the lockdown had been met, confirming that gatherings of up to six people could take place in outdoor spaces from Monday June 1.
On June 23 – exactly three months after the country was locked out – Mr Johnson hailed the start of the end of Britain’s “national hibernation”.
The prime minister said families and friends will be able to mingle indoors and even go on vacation together from Saturday, July 4. reduced to one meter.
But Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, has warned that many new social distancing measures will have to remain in place “until this time next year” because a coronavirus vaccine is still far away.
On Friday July 17, Mr Johnson presented his roadmap to end the lockdown, with the remaining leisure facilities to reopen and all beauty treatments to resume from August 1. be relaxed in an attempt to restart the economy.
The government is keen to avoid another blanket lockdown. However, preventing a nationwide lockdown will depend on whether or not there is a second wave of the virus and how well the government can respond if the infection rate rises rapidly in several parts of the UK.
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