Covid-19 The Next Step19 Jun 2020
Currently, the UK is functioning at level four of the alert system. All going well, we should move naturally onto the next level - level three.
As we emerge slowly but safely from the Coronavirus emergency, we look at how lifting restrictions will affect us all in the UK. As of June 1, the UK will progress from the strict first phase to phase two of lockdown
Currently, the UK is functioning at level four of the alert system. All going well, we should move naturally onto the next level - level three. If we were to progress to level three, the threat of COVID in the UK would remain but not with such severity as previously.
Below shows the various levels of transmission and cases of Covid-19 as per www.gov.uk The levels underpin where we are in terms of disease cases, rates and transmissions. The aim would be to reach level one eventually, and the UK government hope to get there through a phased roadmap with three phases all containing measures to lift restrictions and return to as normal as possible safely.
Ideally, the UK needs to reach phase three – where a reliable vaccine or treatment will wipe out the virus. Before that, however, we slowly enter phase two, where a stepwise approach will be rolled out. Smarter controls will replace restrictions of phase one. The government will seek to control the virus in phase two, and although it will be slow to evolve, it is a step in the right direction.
Phase two will contain steps of changes such as:
A gradually phased exit will continue in the UK, but all the lifting of restrictions will depend heavily on the data. For example, if the virus appears to be returning according to the scientific data, then restrictions may need to be re-applied.
It is the government ministers who will ultimately decide on phased reopening based on scientific data; however, we all play a vital role here. If we follow the advice given, then we stand a better chance of moving to the next stage of reopening the UK.
That advice includes:
It has been a challenge and an odd time, but we are moving in a positive direction. Let's keep our nerve and battle on, and hopefully, if we all abide the rules, we will be back to pre-COVID-19 life sooner rather than later.