Easing Lockdown – What does it mean? What can I do?

12 May 2020

England's Lockdown

On Sunday Boris Johnson set out his roadmap of easing England’s lockdown; further guidance was announced on Monday and there is more to follow.  Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own rules. For England the roadmap carries a conditional note; if the spread of Covid 19 increases; lockdown return.   

For many the message has caused confusion and uncertainty of what the new rules mean and how it impacts them.  Companies in some industries where they cannot work from home are now actively being encouraged to start returning to work.  For example; construction and manufacturing; anyone who can work from home should continue to do so.  But this doesn’t mean pubs, restaurants, leisure industries and so on.  Social distancing and health and safety measures such as PPE, hand washing should continue to be adhered to.

While some will welcome the government’s attempt at easing the lockdown and bringing some form of normality back to our lives; the new measures have raised several concerns for people in very different ways. For example; if I am required to return to work but I am living with someone who is shielding what do I do?  What do I do with my children as I don’t have any childcare?  Many are asking for clarity on what and how the new rules affect them. 

So what's next?

What is clear is from Wednesday 13th May 20, anyone who can’t work from home in England such as those in construction and manufacturing are actively encouraged to return to work.  In all cases the strict safety rules they must always be adhered to.  Public should avoid public transport if at all possible; if it is required the public must maintain the social distancing rules. 

For further guidance and advice please call the advice line on 01455852028

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