Coronavirus Update: The next 2 months

The Prime Minister has laid out his plans for the next two months, conditional on the level of spread of the virus continuing to fall.

Effectively immediately the advice on work has changed. If you cannot work from home you should now be looking to get back to work (unless you're in a sector that remains closed, such as retail and hospitality) - but people like construction workers and those working in manufacturing, for example, should go to work. Workplaces will be issued with up to date advice to keep workers safe.

From Wednesday the time restrictions on leaving the house will be removed. You will be able to go out for unlimited exercise, including driving somewhere or sitting in the sun in the park, as long as social distancing is maintained. This means that you could see immediate family, for example in a park as long as you maintain social distancing! You still shouldn't be entering other people's households or coming in to direct contact.

If the health situation allows Primary Schools will reopen in phases, beginning with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, from June 1st.

Again, if the health situation allows, some other businesses in leisure or hospitality may reopen in July.

The PM was keen to stress that these changes will ONLY happen if the health situation allows, and therefore if the advice is not followed it will delay these changes. We will be increasing the fines for those who break the rules.

The PM will answer detailed questions tomorrow in Parliament, where further details will become available.

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