Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made what appears to be a U-turn in telling people to go back to work if they can, from previously telling people to work from home.
As lockdown restrictions are being eased Johnson has said that people should “try to lead their lives more normally.”
He implied that there could be stricter measures on wearing face coverings in public spaces, which has been widely welcomed.
Johnson told the public in an online Q&A session, “I want people to go back to work as carefully as possible. It’s very important that people should be going back to work if they can now.
“I think everybody has sort of taken the ‘stay at home if you can’ – I think we should now say, well, ‘go back to work if you can’. Because I think it’s very important that people should try to lead their lives more normally.
“I want to see more people feeling confident to use the shops, use the restaurants, and get back into work – but only if we all follow the guidance.”
He said that people should only go back to work if it is safe to do so and the company are following guidelines. He added that rules on wearing face coverings needs to be “stricter.”
He said, “I do think we need to be stricter in insisting people wear face coverings in confined spaces where they are meeting people they don’t normally meet.
“We are looking at ways of making sure that people really do have face coverings in shops, for instance, where there is a risk of transmission.”