Summary Government COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

The following is the summary of the Government latest communication.   It is essential you continue to follow Government instructions AND the rules within the workplace.   They are there to keep you and others safe. 


Summary Government COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

Step 1 (not before Wednesday 13th May)

  • Outdoor exercise now unlimited and you can join one person from outside your household if you socially distance
  • You are now allowed to visit parks, walks, sunbathe if you socially distance
  • You can now drive to other destinations in England – no distance stated (not Scotland, Wales, or NI) to exercise if you socially distance.
  • You can now play sports, but only with people from your own household to reduce the chance of infection from others.
  • Fines will be increased for people who ignore social distancing rules and take part in social gatherings.
  • You can now start going to work, only if you cannot work from home and social distancing can still be met
  • You should try to avoid public transportation where possible, ideally, walking or cycling to work if practical, if not then drive. You are advised to wear face covering if using public transport.
  • Those with a ‘shielding’ letter are advised to stay at home and avoid non-essential face-to-face.
  • Reminded to apply common sense – understand the measures and follow them.

The above new measures will be monitored BEFORE moving to Step 2 if there is no major increase in infections.   Such an increase will result in the reinstatement of lockdown conditions.

Step 2 (June at the earliest)

  • The phased reopening of retail and some shops
  • Primary school back – Reception, Year 1, and Year 6
  • Secondary school pupils will get some time with teachers before the holidays regarding exams.

Steps 1 and 2 will be closely monitored before moving to Step 3 which will only happen if there is no major increase in infections.

Step 3 (no earlier than July 2020)

  • Start to look at reopening hospitality and other public places that attract larger gatherings such as restaurants, cinemas, leisure etc.

This will be staged over the next two months.

  • Social distancing rules stay in place and must still be followed
  • Visiting other households is still no permitted
  • Social gatherings are still not allowed
  • You do not have to return to work if your place of work is not yet allowed to open or your employer chooses to remain closed.
  • Restricted movement is NOT over, it has been slightly relaxed, but it depends on the R value (reinfection rate)
  • PM made it clear if the steps are not met then social distancing and restricted movement will carry on until the steps ARE met.

Message is:

  • Stay Alert (remain aware and diligent that the virus is still a threat to your health and health of others
  • Control the Virus (continue to control the spread of the virus by adhering to social distancing guidelines, avoid or restrict contact with others outside of your household.
  • Save lives (Do your part to help stop the spread of the virus to yourself and others)

The Government’s full report “Our Plan to Rebuild – The UK Government’s COID-19 Recovery Strategy” is available to download

Please remember to refer to the Company web page to keep yourself up to date with communications.   We cannot use the Company noticeboards at present because of the need to keep 2m apart, therefore, this is the Company formal means to communicate.

12th May 2020