Boris Johnson announced today that he intends to live in the UK to return to normal by Christmas, saying that workers are encouraged to stop working from home in August.
The Prime Minister used a press conference on Downing Street today to set his schedule for further easing of the blocking measures.
He said the restrictions on the use of public transport in England will be lifted as of today, as train and bus travel is no longer seen as a last resort.
He said the government will publish new guidelines on work from home in August, hoping that more employees will physically return to their desks to give the economy the much-needed boost.
He made this promise despite Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's primary scientific advisor, and warned yesterday that there was "absolutely no reason" to change the policy.
In the meantime, the prime minister said the government is aiming to re-open stadiums in the fall, with audiences likely to return to football matches and outdoor performances in October.
It is also crucial that the Prime Minister hopes to be able to review any remaining "pending restrictions" in the coming months to enable a "more significant return to normalcy from November" and "possibly in time for Christmas".
However, Mr. Johnson insisted that any proposed changes would only be made if the spread of the coronavirus continued to decrease and that "we will never hesitate to apply the brakes" if the infections increase.
He stressed that Britain had to be prepared for a second wave in winter when it announced additional £ 3 billion in funding for the NHS and promised new powers to allow ministers and councils to impose severe local closures.
He also promised to increase Britain's daily coronavirus testing capacity to 500,000 a day by the end of October, with the NHS testing and trace program playing a key role in curbing the spread of the disease.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson today outlined the next stage in his plan to make life in Britain normal again
Sir Patrick Vallance told MPs yesterday that he believed there was "absolutely no reason" to manage existing work from home
Boris Johnson's schedule to make life in Britain normal again
Today: The rules for the use of public transport are relaxed so that everyone can use buses, subways and trains. Public transport no longer has to be treated as a last resort.
Tomorrow: New "lightning lock" powers are being introduced for councils, allowing them to close public spaces and premises without consulting the government to stop outbreaks.
Next week: New local blocking plans for ministers will be released, allowing them to place orders and travel restrictions on staying at home.
August: New rules for working from home are introduced to encourage more workers to return to their offices. Remaining leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, casinos and ice rinks can be reopened from August 1st.
October: Depending on the success of a pilot program, the stadiums could be reopened for sports and music events.
November: All outstanding restrictions must be reviewed and relaxed at the earliest in November and "possibly in time for Christmas".
Mr. Johnson's schedule for further easing the coronavirus restrictions was as follows:
- Health Minister Matt Hancock ordered Public Health England to review the way in which deaths are counted due to a "statistical error", which means that officials "exaggerate" the daily toll.
- It turned out that PHE counted people as coronavirus victims, even if they die at another time at another cause after being tested positive for Covid-19.
- A new study suggested that Britain may already have herd immunity to coronavirus, as many people have suffered from milder strains of similar types of infection in the past.
- Security Secretary James Brokenshire said the UK was at least 95 percent certain that the Kremlin had given the go-ahead for Russian cyber attacks to research coronavirus vaccine research.
- But he insisted that there was "no evidence" that the raids were successful, saying that they were "totally unacceptable".
- Official data showed that the spread of coronavirus in the UK is minus five to one percent, while the R reproductive rate remains between 0.7 and 0.9.
Mr. Johnson said further changes to the restriction restrictions would "depend on our continued success in fighting the virus."
The prime minister spoke last week about his desire for more workers to return to work, amid growing concerns that urban centers are struggling to recover due to the lack of commuters.
However, his announcement today was more nuanced than expected, saying that after consulting employees, companies were given "discretion" to decide when workers should return instead of being ordered by the government.
He said of today's briefing, “We won't go ahead if this risks a second climax that would overwhelm the NHS.
“Nevertheless, it is important to give people hope and to strengthen the trust of companies. As of today, we in England are making it clear that everyone is allowed to use public transport and, of course, encouraging people to consider alternative means of transport if they are available.
& # 39; As of July 25, we have already committed to re-opening gyms, pools and other sports facilities.
& # 39; Starting August 1st, we will update our work advice. Instead of the government telling people to work from home, we will give employers more discretion and ask them to make decisions about how their employees can work safely.
“Of course, that could mean continuing to work from home, which is one way of working safely and that has worked for many employers and employees.
“Or it could mean that jobs are safe by following Covid's security guidelines.
"Whatever employers choose, they should consult closely with their employees and only ask people to return to work if it is safe."
Mr Johnson's announcement that he would be working from home appears to be conflicting with Sir Patrick.
The expert informed the Science and Technology Select Committee yesterday afternoon that Britain "is still at a time when distancing is important" and that remote working "remains a perfectly good option".
He went even further when he said that many companies had found that working from home was not "detrimental to productivity" and that there was therefore no need to deviate from politics.
He said, "My view of this and I think this is a view that SAGE shares is that we are still at a time when distance measures are important and the various distance measures that many companies do from home work, remain a perfectly good option because it's simple.
Green light for the return of the fans to the stadiums: Boris Johnson announces that sports fields could let the spectators back in from October
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that viewers will be able to return to the UK's sports stadiums in October if successful pilot events take place later this month.
Sports events have taken place without crowds since their restart in recent weeks due to the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
But on Friday morning, Mr. Johnson set the next steps to unlock the block, saying, “From August 1st, we will resume the indoor performance to a live audience, depending on the success of the pilots, and we will also have larger venues like sport, stadiums will pilot with a view to another reopening in autumn.
& # 39; From October we want to bring the audience back to the stadiums. These changes must also be made in a Covid-safe manner, subject to the successful result of the pilots. & # 39;
There is a possibility that only the first month of the 2020-21 football season will be held behind closed doors and fans will be admitted in autumn.
The pilot events, where only a limited number of viewers should be admitted to the rules of social distance in stadiums, could start this month.
It has been reported These pilot events include the County Championship cricket match between Surrey and Middlesex at The Oval on July 26, the Glorious Goodwood race between July 28 and August 1, and the Crucible World Snooker Championship from July 31 .
"I think a number of companies believe that this does not affect productivity, and in this situation I see absolutely no reason to change it."
Mr Johnson tried to play down the divisions with Sir Patrick today, saying that it was not up to the government to tell employers whether employees should return to work.
"I totally agree with Patrick Vallance what he says," said Johnson.
"It is not up to the government to decide how employers should run their businesses and whether or not they want their workers to be in the office – that is for businesses."
In addition to relocating work from home, Mr. Johnson said that the remaining leisure facilities, such as bowling alleys, ice rinks, and casinos, may reopen from August 1, but the nightclubs will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
The wedding restrictions in England are also lifted to allow up to 30 people to attend receptions.
Regarding the reopening of stadiums for sports and music events, Mr. Johnson said that the timing would depend on the outcome of the pilots, but the ministers had scheduled October.
He said: "We will resume indoor performances for a live audience, depending on the success of the pilots, and we will also steer larger gatherings in venues such as sports stadiums to reopen in the fall."
He added: “Starting in October, we want to bring the audience back to the stadiums and enable conferences and other business events to resume.
"These changes must also be made safely by Covid if the pilots are successful."
Mr. Johnson said he hoped the government could recommend that families and friends get in touch again in the coming months.
"During this time, we will try to allow closer contact between friends and family wherever we can," he said.
"I sincerely and sincerely hope that we can review the pending restrictions and that we can return to normality in November at the earliest, possibly in time for Christmas."
Despite the prime minister's optimistic schedule, Mr. Johnson also warned that Britain must be ready to deal with infection spikes when it established new powers for councils to impose "lightning strikes".
He said that the local authorities will be able to close public outdoor areas and cancel events as of tomorrow if there is a need to stop an outbreak.
In the meantime, new powers are also preferred to allow ministers to impose stricter local restrictions, including orders to stay at home.
Mr. Johnson said, “As of tomorrow, the local authorities will have new powers in their areas. You can close certain rooms, close public outdoor areas and cancel events.
“These powers will enable local authorities to respond more quickly to outbreaks where speed is paramount.
The number of deaths announced each day is higher than reality, scientists say, because not all of them actually died from Covid-19 – some tested positive weeks or months ago and died for other reasons, but are always still included in the list
Scientists say if a vaccine were developed it would have to be 60 to 70 percent covered – but this threshold could be significantly lower for natural immunity, as the most vulnerable are always the first to be exposed to the virus, and if so it cannot infect them, it cannot spread to the less vulnerable groups
Every tenth adult visited a hairdresser or hairdresser in the first week of July after the block was loosened
Split ends and beards were cut in large numbers after the reopening of hairdressers and hairdressers. A survey showed that about one in ten adults attended appointments.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), nine percent of adults in the UK visited a hair salon or barber the week after July 1.
Another 10 percent ate or drank in a restaurant, cafe, bar, or pub, while 15 percent collected takeaway food from these facilities.
The survey, which analyzed the responses of 1,743 people between July 8th and 12th, asked about the behavior the previous week while easing the restrictions on blocking.
Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in England could be reopened for the first time since the blockade on July 4th when salons and hairdressers opened their doors.
Men were more likely to eat out or take away while more women were visiting salons, the ONS noted.
Hugh Stickland, Head of Strategy and Engagement at ONS, said: "As the restrictions continue to lift, we can see people slowly returning to social activities, meeting friends and family, and feeling a little more comfortable eating."
The survey shows that compared to the previous week, more people feel comfortable with the idea of eating in a restaurant.
Almost three in ten adults (27 percent) said they would feel comfortable or very comfortable in a restaurant compared to two in ten adults (20 percent) in the past week.
Slightly more than half (52 percent) said they would feel uncomfortable or very uncomfortable compared to six out of ten (60 percent) in the past week.
“The measures taken by local councils will not always be enough. That is why next week we will publish draft regulations on how the central government can intervene more effectively at local level.
"If justified by the evidence, ministers can close entire sectors or types of premises in an area, introduce local home stay orders, prevent people from entering or leaving certain areas, and the size of assemblies beyond national set rules or limit traffic systems in local areas. "
The Prime Minister today acknowledged the danger of a second wave of corona viruses this winter.
Sources had said he was determined to avoid the fate of several US states in which cases of the virus skyrocket after restrictions were eased too quickly.
The Prime Minister hopes that additional GBP 3 billion will ensure that healthcare is prepared for a possible increase in infections.
It comes after a report commissioned by Sir Patrick warned that there could be 120,000 hospital deaths this winter in a “reasonable worst-case scenario”.
Mr. Johnson confirmed the £ 3 billion additional funding and said: “Testing demand is not the only challenge that winter will bring. It is possible that the virus will become more virulent in the winter months and it is certain that the NHS will be exposed to the usual annual winter pressures. & # 39;
He added: “We make sure we are ready for winter and plan the worst. But even if we plan the worst, I firmly believe that we should hope for the best.
"That means looking ahead with optimism and now expanding our plan to lift the remaining national measures that have restricted our lives since March so we can go back to something closer to normal life."
Mr. Johnson today published an additional chapter on the government's road map to recovery from the crisis.
Earlier this week, in the report of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Mr. Johnson was warned that measures must now be taken to reduce the potential for a second peak, including the expansion of the test and trace system.
The research said capacity for 350,000 tests a day is needed to test people because they show symptoms of Covid-19 or flu.
According to the latest government figures, the capacity was close to 338,000, but Mr. Johnson has today committed to increasing it to half a million by the end of October to strengthen Test and Trace.
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