May 12th, 2020
4 mins

Following the Prime Ministers address of 10th May, the Government has now issued a 50 page document outlining the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and setting out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus.

The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread. The Government has stated that it will keep the roadmap constantly under review as the epidemic, and the world’s understanding of it, develops.

Included in the strategy is a timetable for lifting restrictions in England. This will happen in three “steps,” as detailed in chapter 4, with strict conditions to safely move from each step to the next. Step 1 will apply from Wednesday 13th May, step 2 will be made no earlier than 1st June and step 3 no earlier than 4th July.

Note: This timetable depends on successfully controlling the spread of the virus; if the evidence shows sufficient progress is not being made in controlling the virus then the lifting of restrictions may have to be delayed. Similarly, if, after lifting restrictions, the Government sees a sudden and concerning rise in the infection rate then it may have to re-impose some restrictions. Restrictions may be adjusted by the devolved administrations at a different pace in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland because the level of infection – and therefore the risk – will differ. Similarly in England, the Government may adjust restrictions in some regions before others. As the rate of infection may be different in different parts of the UK, this latest guidance should be considered alongside local public health and safety requirements for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You can read the Recovery Strategy in full here

An updated FAQ document is also available.


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