Julia Hartley-Brewer seeks lockdown clarity from Michael Gove

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has taken Cabinet minister Michael Gove to task over points of confusion in the latest coronavirus instructions.

Boris Johnson last night announced an unprecedented national “lockdown”, telling the public to stay in their homes, banning public gatherings of more than two people and giving police powers to enforce social distancing with fines.

But as the country gets to grips with its new reality, aspects of the measures remain unclear for many.

Julia has attempted to clarify:


People can only go to work if it is ‘essential’, do you mean only key workers or can people who cannot work from home continue to go to work?

"Obviously there is a group of people whose work is absolutely vital for the future of the country and for keeping us all safe. People who are working in the NHS, in the social care sector and otherwise, they are people who we have classified as key workers.

"There are also other people who will find it difficult to work from home and who need to be in a particular setting, in a factory or on a construction site in order to continue to work. They can continue to work but wherever possible people should stay at home. If you can work from home, you should."


What about the self-employed? When are they going to get help?

"More will be announced to help the self-employed later."


When? Later today?

"We need to make sure that everything that we’re doing today in order to safeguard the health of the nation is being followed, more announcements will follow in due course."


Can children of separated parents move between households?

"It is the case that if you are divorced or separated then it can be the case the children living with one parent can move to see the other parent as well."


What if companies think they are essential but are not?

"If there are companies and people who are not following the guidance then we will say so and if they persist in not following the guidance steps will be taken."


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