Matt Hancock: Trusting public’s common sense is a ‘compliment’

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Matt Hancock has echoed Boris Johnson’s calls for common sense as Britons get to grips with changes to the UK’s coronavirus lockdown rules.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the Health Secretary said the “good sense” of the public so far was to thank for the progress made in protecting the NHS and lowering the number of new cases and daily deaths.

He urged Brits to continue to do “the sensible thing” as the government begins to loosen restrictions this week.

“We’re paying people the compliment of trusting their common sense within a framework that we’re setting out,” he said.

People are now allowed to meet one other person from outside their household, provided they do so outdoors and maintain at two-metre distance.

Mr Hancock denied that the new guidelines would cause confusion, saying, “I think everybody knows what social distancing really means, right?”

But the government faced criticism from Labour leader Keir Starmer yesterday who said clarity and reassurance were “in short supply” in its new guidance.

He questioned when more detailed advice would be given to those who are now being encouraged to return to work, as well as advice transport providers, about how to operate safely.

Mr Hancock said “a huge amount of more detail” about making work places safer would be released today.

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