Prime minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation last night and said that it was time to get back to work.
He said that it was too soon to end the lock down – it would be July at the earliest before pubs and restaurants can begin to re-open – but it was time to restore some basic liberties that Britons have surrendered in recent weeks.
We can now sunbathe in parks, drive to the countryside and play sports – but only with members of our own household.
It is also time to get more cogs of the economy turning once again. Construction and manufacturing were specifically cited as industries that must be ‘actively encouraged’ to go back to work.
The prime minister said: “This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week. Instead we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures. And the first step is a change of emphasis that we hope that people will act on this week.”
He said: “We said that you should work from home if you can, and only go to work if you must. We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work.”