Government officials have reportedly drawn up a three-stage traffic light system to end the UK’s national coronavirus lockdown and the system could see some non-essential businesses re-open in early to mid-May.
The first phase ‘green’ would reportedly include small, non-essential shops, hairdressers and nurseries, although travel would still be discouraged.
The ‘amber’ phase would see schools open, as well as small businesses and restaurants with stringent seating rules and wearing a mask on public transportation would reportedly be mandatory in this phase, expected towards the end of May.
The last phase, reportedly pencilled in for mid-June, would see cinemas, theatres and pubs open with some constraints – weddings and funerals could take place and gyms could reopen with heightened hygiene rules.
But Education Secretary Gavin Williamson stated that no decision has been made on when they will open schools – he stated that he can reassure schools and parents that they will only open schools when the scientific advice indicates it’s the right time to do so.
And asked if the government was considering such a plan, Michael Gove stated that it wasn’t and he went onto say that it was a case that they were looking at all of the evidence and they’ve set some tests which have to be passed before they can think of lifting restrictions on this lockdown.
He said that it’s necessary when they’re still in the process of making certain they can decrease the speed of infection, and further decrease the number of deaths, and that they maintain the measures that they already have.
But once Brexit secretary David Davis who has joined Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, in demanding that ministers cast some light on proposals to restart the economy and get the country back to work, urged a step by step blueprint to help small businesses and shops to re-open amid signs that coronavirus mortality in the United Kingdom are approaching their peak.
He said that we must kill off this virus threat and move heaven and earth to protect those most at risk but we must not kill off our economy in the process.
Implying that the two million people who are most vulnerable to COVID 19 could remain in self-isolation while others return to work, David Davis warned of the possibly disastrous long-term harm this could have after this extraordinary economic shutdown.
The Conservative MP has even urged the Prime Minister to consider giving tax cuts to small businesses and large-scale spending on infrastructure projects to boost the economy in the style of President Roosevelt’s New Deal, which came following the Great Depression.
It comes after another former cabinet minister, Iain Duncan Smith told the government not to treat the public like children and the ex-Tory party leader advised ministers to reveal their departure plans so the UK public knows that there’s life after lockdown.
In the meantime, Sir Keir Starmer, who was named as Labour leader two weeks ago, has stated that while he supported the decision to prolong lockdown measures, a definite strategy for what comes next was needed.
He further said that other nations have started to set out a roadmap to lift constraints in some areas of the economy and for some services, particularly social care, when the time is right.
He said that of course this must be done in a careful, considered way with public health, scientific evidence and the safety of workers and families which must take precedence and that the UK government should be doing likewise.
This country is going to be so ruined at the end of all of this. Financially, physically and mentally and Boris Johnson will have no idea how to rectify this mayhem and he will simply make it up as he goes along.
And after this virus is brought under control and some sort of normalcy is renewed, anyone returning to or wanting to enter our country should be tested at their point of departure before they permitted to come to the United Kingdom.
Although I suspect that won’t happen because our borders are still open, there’s no testing and no advice on entry and I doubt when we do get through this, that our government will do anything differently.
And the number of flights between the United Kingdom and China are to rise from 40 each way to 100 in a new boost for global Britain following Brexit and it seems that the United Kingdom and China have struck a new agreement on the number of flights in London and that the cap on passengers flights are to be lifted from 40 each day to 100 each day and an infinite number of cargo flights will also be allowed and there will now be no constraints on destinations for British flights into China.
And Transport Secretary Chris Grayling stated that this was a deal that was a huge moment for the United Kingdom and that powerful connections with emerging markets like China are essential for us if we’re to stay competing on the global economic stage.
But what’s the purpose of allowing hairdressers to open if we’re to stay indoors and if allowed out, how can people social distance in places like hairdressers?
All these resources are contradictory, that’s if any of this is true in the first place and Boris Johnson seems to be of the strange notion that the coronavirus will stop infecting people because he tells it to and if on his direction, the shops, restaurants and pubs are to reopen then he’d best tell the sun not to rise in the mornings because when it does, it will prove that the virus has embraced the challenge to spread, daily, through a few thousand more victims.
And the unfortunate, celebrant people will be waking up with something a lot more dangerous than a hangover to remind them of their regained freedom and just look at the nonsensical plan to start reopening in 3 to 4 weeks from now.
Simply look at the histograms – Britain would need a daily rate of decline of the daily new infections of about 5 per cent a day to rap the level down from 5,000 per day to below 2,000 per day in three weeks.
But there doesn’t appear to be any daily rate of decline in Britain, yet in Italy, the stringent lockdown has reduced the daily rate from the virus from about 6,000 to 3,000 per day in the past three weeks.
In Britain the daily rate of new infections remains steady at between 4,500 and 5,000 per day – ease the lockdown and it will go up even higher – slacken the lockdown and the crisis will continue even longer.
The problem is, the longer the lockdown goes on there will be more risk of mass poverty, joblessness and the death toll from the resulting health problems will overshadow the current figure.
So, it’s always going to be a judgment call and a choice that none of us would like to make, including Boris Johnson, yet it still seems to give people the licence to whine about the decisions that are being made.