Matt Hancock the Health Secretary has said it is still too early to relax lockdown measures, but he is “comfortable” for some businesses to reopen.
He told Sky News that the UK is not yet ready for social distancing measures to be eased as the daily number of deaths is still high, despite figures falling.
He said, “Although the number of people who died yesterday was lower, it was still over 600, so it’s still too high.
“I just urge people to continue sticking to those rules, because it’s working and we’re flattening that curve, but we need to see it coming down.”
Aston Martin, Nissan, Jaguar, Bentley, Taylor Wimpey and B&Q are set to be reopened for business, whilst Hancock said he is happy as long as they follow social distancing.
Hancock said, “The things that are restarting are things that we never required to close in the first place, but what the companies have been doing is working out how they can have safe working following the social distancing rules whilst people are at work.
“Throughout we’ve allowed hardware stores to stay open, and the construction industry, but what businesses have been doing is taking the last couple of weeks to work out ‘ok how do you stay open and stay within the social-distancing rules at work?’
“So, it’s absolutely fine for those businesses to stay open because they were never required to close by the social-distancing rules.
“I’m comfortable with what they’re doing.”