Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has defended the government’s coronavirus lockdown exit plan, saying it would give the nation “hope”.
Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, he said changes to the current guidance would be done in an “incremental way” and that they prioritised health as well as livelihoods.
“We’re proceeding carefully on Wednesday and we’re setting out the roadmap for the future so people know what we’re aiming for and there’s a bit of hope and light at the end of the tunnel,” he added.
Mr Raab stressed that the changes were “modest” and that the government was intent on taking the “right measures at the right time”.
Boris Johnson unveiled the “conditional” plan in a special address last night.
This week, those who cannot work from home will be encouraged to return work if they can do so safely, though they are asked to avoid public transport if possible.
There will also be looser restrictions on outdoor exercise - allowing people to sit in local parks, drive to other destinations and play sports, but only with members of their own household.
From June “at the earliest” primary schools and some shops could see a phased reopening, as could parts of the hospitality industry from July at the earliest.
Those who arrive in the UK from abroad will also be subjected to a period of quarantine.
The Prime Minister has faced calls for clarity over what the new guidelines mean, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer saying the plan “raises more questions than it answers”.
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