Prime Minister Boris Johnson is fighting very hard to reduce social distancing order from two metres to one metre with the plans of fast-forwarding the reopening of the economy after experts warned him to act swiftly or record millions of job lot soon.
However, the prime minister seems to be waiting for a go-ahead order with his plans from authorities who will assure him it’s safe to implement the slash. Still, in the effort to get the country’s economy working well again, a group of six senior ministers tagged “the Save Summer Six” has been inaugurated and challenged with figuring out how to get the UK’s economy back normal by July.
The Save Summer Six first idea is that changing the social distancing rule is a good start while adding that if two metres remains the standard it will not allow many businesses to reopen and operate as normal.
Alok Sharma, Business Secretary is currently in talks with his European counterparts on how possible did they managed to move 1.5 metres and one metre respectively. This comes after Mr told Boris Johnson that if the hospitality sector fails to reopen it could cost 3.5 million jobs.
That said, Boris Johnson charged Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday with a task to quicken the reopening of lockdown with an undisclosed Cabinet source revealing that the British leader wants the country to be back to normal or as close as possible to normal by the summer.
Quickening the reopening of the country is currently causing concerns among scientific experts following studies that show the R rate of infection could be above the crucial one number in certain parts of the country.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock today moved to downplay any concerns as he said there was no trade-off between the country’s economy and the health of the people while insisting that the Government will proceed on a strictly ‘safety first’ basis and that the UK is ‘winning the battle’ against the virus.
In the coming weeks, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to deliver a major speech where he will marshal out plans on how he will rebuild the nation, relaunch his domestic agenda, his pledge to accelerate major infrastructure projects, and not leaving out Tory manifesto pledges to build 40 new hospitals and key road upgrades.
For this week, Boris Johnson will chair a meeting of his Cabinet to update his ministers on the next lockdown-easing phase for a number of sectors, which are looking to be effective from June 15.
The prime minister may also bring forwards plans to allow pubs, restaurants and cafes to use outdoor areas for seating while restrictions on weddings and funerals could be eased by next month to allow up to 10 people to attend the events while hairdressers could be allowed to reopen by the first week of July.
Boris Johnson has tasked Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to step up work on creating ‘travel corridors’ to holiday hotspots so they are in place by June 28 while announcing Saturday night that churches and other places of worship will reopen for private prayer after the second week of June, but worship groups and weddings remain closed.