Mr Johnson announced the reopening of pubs and restaurants from July 4 as he progresses with England’s departure from the coronavirus lockdown. The two-metre social-distancing rule will be replaced with a new one metre plus rule while taking steps such as wearing face coverings have also been advised. Both the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer for England professor, Chris Whitty both stressed the plan was not risk-free however.
Health leaders across the country have also called for an urgent review to determine whether the country is prepared for the true risk of a second wave of the coronavirus.
In an open letter published in the British Medical Journal, the Government was warned that urgent action would be needed to prevent further loss of life.
The health experts said: “While the future shape of the pandemic in the UK is hard to predict, the available evidence indicates that local flare-ups are increasingly likely and a second wave a real risk.
“Many elements of the infrastructure needed to contain the virus are beginning to be put in place, but substantial challenges remain.”
After weeks of disagreement over the Opposition’s cooperation with the Government, Sir Keir praised the easing of the lockdown measures.
He said: “Overall, I welcome this statement. I believe the government is trying to do the right thing. And in that, we will support them.
“There are no easy decisions to be made here.
“Any unlocking carries risks. It has to be phased, managed and carefully planned.”
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