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.
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.
— realmattlucas (@RealMattLucas) May 10, 2020
Boris Johnson & Dominic Raab, in under 24 hours, have managed to contradict one another & repeatedly change the advice. The tragic thing is this confusion in messaging may well cost lives. Using “common sense” is not generally a strategy when dealing with a global pandemic.
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) May 11, 2020
No shaming commuters please. Johnson told people to go back to work, so they risk getting fired if they don’t. No “but he said avoid public transport”: This is what happens when they have no other choice. Any infections that happen because of this is entirely on him. https://t.co/U0uCDNp2Gi
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 11, 2020
“We’ve been through the initial peak, but it’s coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous.”
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) May 11, 2020