Boris Johnson has promised to deliver a ‘comprehensive plan’ next week on how the UK lockdown may be eased in a bid to get the economy moving and children back to school.

The Prime Minister last night urged the UK to ‘keep going’ amid suggestions the UK lockdown will continue until June, despite saying the country was now ‘past the peak of this disease’.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the PM reiterated calls for people to stick with distancing measures, saying he understood how ‘hard and how stressful it has been’ to not see family and friends, to worry about jobs and to manage children not in school.

Downing Street played down any expectations of an easing of restrictions yesterday, while Chris Whitty warned that a second wave of the virus could hit the UK in winter if lockdown is eased too soon, and it could be even more severe than the current outbreak.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma is set to put forward plans for an eventual ‘workplace by workplace’ approach to getting back to normal, but not until the Government’s ‘five tests’ have been passed.

How are businesses planning to come out of coronavirus lockdown? A Business Department spokesman said on Thursday: ‘The Government has already set out five clear tests to consider before making any adjustment to its approach.

‘It is only right the we work together with industry and unions to ensure workplaces are safe for both those in work now and for those going back to work as Government measures develop.’


How businesses plan to come out of lockdown and get UK up and running