Johnson Blasted For Confusing Lockdown Directives

CBS News reports:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday announced a phased reopening plan for England, although strict lockdown measures will continue in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a nationally televised address, Johnson said people should continue to work from home if they can and only return to work “if you must” and urged people not to take public transportation.

“This is not the time, simply, to end the lockdown this week,” Johnson said. “Instead, we’re taking the first capital steps to modify our measures.” Leaders in Scotland and Wales both rejected Johnson’s “stay alert” message and encouraged people to continue to stay at home.

Reuters reports:

Employees, business owners, police and trade unions in Britain expressed confusion Monday after the government switched from telling workers to stay at home to urging them to return to work — but preferably without getting near other people or using public transport.

In a televised statement Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson extended most of the draconian restrictions on daily life imposed March 23 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including closing schools, restaurants and most shops.

Critics said the advice was confusing, hard to follow and potentially dangerous — especially in a big city like London, where most people do not own cars and where subways are operating at a fraction of their usual capacity.