Julia Hartley-Brewer: ‘Lockdown is going on far too long’

Thursday, May 21, 2020

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has warned that Britons should be less scared of going back to work amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Describing her journey through an empty London train station yesterday, the breakfast show host said it was “a far more disturbing image” than scenes of busy outdoor spaces elsewhere.

“My big worry is people are keeping far too far apart from their jobs and this lockdown is going on far too long.

“We cannot stay in lockdown until the end of time, our economy will not survive,” she said.

Julia continued: “If you’re on furlough right now, if you’re a business thinking ‘I don’t know if it’s safe to go back’, you need to start thinking about getting your business up and running or you will not have a business and you will not have a job when you come back.”

However, Julia also acknowledged that exiting lockdown must be done carefully, saying “big questions” remained over testing and tracing.

Boris Johnson yesterday said he had “great confidence” that an effective contact tracing system would be in place in the UK by June 1.

Contact tracing locates all of those who have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and they are told to self isolate.

Achieving an effective system has been cited by many trade unions as a condition for staff returning to work.

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