Notes from the Prime Minister’s Statement 10 May 2020

While in lockdown we have been in stage 4 of a 5 stage level of alert and can now start to move slowly and carefully into stage 3.  Stage 5 would have been where the NHS was totally overwhelmed.

A 3 stage easing of lockdown will begin this week.

1. There will be a change of emphasis – previously it was work from home if you can, and only go to work if you must.

This will now change to  – you should go to work if you can, but you must do so safely, avoid public transport and maintain social distancing.  Encouraging going to work if you can’t work at home, eg construction and manufacturing.  There will be new guidance to employers to make workplaces safe.

From Wednesday – unlimited exercise, but you must obey the rules on social distancing, to enforce those rules there will be increased fines for people who don’t.

There will be strict monitoring of R and the number of new infections.

2.  At the earliest by 1 June, there may be phased return to school, starting with reception and year 1, then year 6.  Some shops will be allowed to re-open.  Secondary pupils with exams next year should have some school access before the end of term.

3. If the numbers support it –some hospitality industry and public spaces may re-open.  But not until July at the earliest.  There are some big ifs and it will be provided they are safe and enforce social distancing.  This needs to be supported by the science, data and public health.

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives

• Stay at home as much as possible
• Work at home if you can
• Limit contact with other people
• Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
• Wash your hands regularly
• If you or anyone in your household has symptoms, you all need to self-isolate


“Raises more questions than it answers. What we needed was clarity and we haven’t got it.” – Sir Kier Stamer.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not all in complete agreement.


Our immediate reaction is that we find the messages given in this briefing confusing and, therefore we need to listen to the more detailed advice the PM said is coming out tomorrow and need more specific information for our industry before any of us rush back to work.






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