‘Social Distancing Is Still Essential,’ Boris Johnson Says


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‘Social Distancing Is Still Essential,’ Boris Johnson Says

Britain is set to ease lockdown restrictions in the next week, but at a news conference on Friday, the prime minister stressed the importance of quarantining travelers from countries with high infection rates.

Social distancing is still essential. I want these restrictions to be lifted as soon as possible. Of course I do. We’ve established task forces to work rapidly and closely with the sectors that remain closed to explore how they can be Covid-secure, and I’m pleased to report that good progress is being made. Next week, we will set out a timetable for their reopening, though, of course, I can only lift those remaining national restrictions as and when it is safe to do so. Our goal remains to enable as many people as possible to live their lives as close to normally as possible, in a way which is as fair and as safe as possible. And to achieve this, we need to move away from blanket national measures to targeted local measures. And instead of quarantining arrivals from the whole world, we will only quarantine arrivals from those countries where the virus is sadly not yet under control. And that’s what we are going to have — large numbers of countries around the world, where I’m afraid the disease is still prevalent or indeed becoming more prevalent. We’re going to keep the 14-day quarantine system. There are some countries — and the list has been published.

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