Boris Johnson addressed the nation tonight (Sunday, May 10) asking people to “stay alert” and “stay at home as much as possible”.
The slogan has changed from “stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives” to a core message of “stay alert”.
The Prime Minister has said people “all need to play our part by following the rules”, which include staying at home as much as possible, working from home if possible, limiting contact with other people, keeping a two-metre distance from others when out, and washing your hands regularly.
In his speech, Mr Johnson spoke of closed businesses, saying many are fearful about what a long period of forced inactivity will do to their businesses and wellbeing.
But he said: “This is not the time simply to end the lockdown – instead we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures.”
He then said people should work from home if they can, but they should go to work if they can’t. He asked people to avoid public transport, travelling to work by car, walking or by bicycle.
From Wednesday, he wants to encourage people to take “unlimited” levels of exercise.
People can play sports with members of their own household, but must obey rules on social distancing. Fines will be increased for those who break the rules.
But there were notable absences in his speech regarding how lockdown will be eased for certain businesses in the UK.
(Image: Henleaze Garden Shop)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not directly reference garden centres in his speech outlining the Government’s “road map” out of lockdown, but Government sources have confirmed to the BBC they can reopen from Wednesday.
The number of people inside the garden shops must be limited so customers can keep two metres from each other, while in-store cafes must stay closed.
For those among us who were due a haircut before lockdown, sitting in a hairdresser’s chair feels like a lifetime ago.
But it looks as though people will have to maintain their manes at home for a while yet – as the Prime Minister did not outline when hairdressers and beauticians can reopen in his speech.
In April, we reported hair salons could be closed for at least six months – and Mr Johnson has not revealed anything to suggest we could get back in the salon any time sooner.
Travel guidelines and fines
While Boris Johnson did say people can now drive to destinations further from home, he did not explain how this policy will affect travel into the devolved nations.
Counsel General and Welsh Assembly Member Jeremy Miles told the BBC: “I want to be really clear about this. The position in Wales is very different from the position in England in relation to that.
“Our regulations do not permit people to get in their cars and drive to destinations in Wales and this includes people getting in their cars in England.”
He warned people could be fined by police if they attempt to drive from England to destinations in Wales.
Mr Johnson did mention there will be stricter fines for those who breach lockdown, but the amount people can be charged was not specified.
Meeting other people
The Prime Minister did not clarify whether people will be able to meet non-household members in a socially distanced way.
The omission sparked some social media comments seeking clarity on the matter.