Michael Gove said the Cabinet is looking into new plans to allow Britons to resume seeing their families after over 10 weeks of lockdown. Mr Gove insisted the Government has been proceeding in phases to keep the reproduction rate of the coronavirus under control. Asked why people are being allowed back into shops from June 15 but not to see more of their families, Mr Gove told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Two things, we want to make sure that people can get back to work. People want to be back at work.
“The second thing is, of course, it’s painful, but you can see members of your family or friends outdoors and we’re looking at how we can make easier to see, in particular, more family members outdoors in a safe way.”
Britons have been allowed to see one person outside their household outdoors for the past two weeks.
Mr Gove insisted the plan to end the lockdown is to progress with “proportionate steps” to ensure people can return to normality by avoiding a second spike of the virus.
He continued: “We’re beginning by allowing more activities outdoors, we know the risks of transmission of the virus outdoors is significantly less and it’s also the case we’re allowing retail beyond simply the supermarkets and food stores that are open at the moment to open.
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Michael Gove said reopening shops on June 15 is part of the “progressive steps” to restart the UK
“There are clear guidelines on how you can make that work.
“We believe that’s appropriate, it’s what other countries have been doing but, of course, if the evidence shows that there is a risk and danger than we will look at that evidence.”
Boris Johnson announced on Monday further restrictions will be lifted from June 15, when all non-essential shops will be able to reopen their doors for the first time in nearly three months.
The Prime Minister said: “Shops now have the time to implement this guidance before they reopen.
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“This will ensure there can be no doubt about what steps they should take. I want people to be confident that they can shop safely, provided they follow the social distancing rules for all premises.”
Mr Johnson also confirmed open markets will be able to go back to business from Monday.
The Prime Minister added: “These are careful but deliberate steps on the road to rebuilding our country and we can only take these steps thanks to what we have so far achieved together.
“We are making progress. Thanks to this country’s collective efforts the key indicators are heading in the right direction.
“Because of the progress we are making I can, with confidence, put the British people on notice of the changes we intend to introduce as we move into step two.”
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News of the reopening comes after the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned a second peak of the virus “may be a reality” for many countries.
WHO’s head of emergencies Dr Mike Ryan said in an online briefing on Monday a new wave of COVID-19 could happen in the coming months.
According to Reuters, Dr Ryan said: “When we speak about a second wave classically what we often means is there will be a first wave of the disease by itself, and then it recurs months later.
“But we need to be cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time.”