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Government publishes COVID-19 recovery strategy

May 19, 2020

Government publishes COVID-19 recovery strategy - The Government published a 60-page document outlining the UK Government’s plan for rebuilding and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. The document, which the Government hopes will provide a roadmap for exiting the lockdown and living with the virus, included three specific areas of interest for members:

  • Workplace safety guidelines - new guidelines will set out how each type of physical space can be adapted to operate safely. Guidance for the vehicle rental and leasing sectors will be published once the BVRLA has been able to cross-check it against the new Government material.
  • Reduced public transport use – travel to work are being advised to avoid public transport. The BVRLA is working with officials at the DFT to ascertain what role the vehicle rental in helping staff with any commuting or business travel needs.
  • Winding down of support measures – The Government describes these as ‘extraordinarily costly’ and says they ‘cannot be sustained for a prolonged period’. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be wound down as it supports a gradual return to work for many furloughed workers.

PM’s announcement splits Covid messaging across the UK - Announcing a new change in emphasis replacing the ‘Stay home’ message with ‘Stay alert’, stating that those who cannot work from home should now be encouraged to return to work. Although the Prime Minister suggested that there is consensus across the devolved nations, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland have made clear that they will be sticking with the ‘Stay home’ message as they believe it is too early to ask people to leave their homes and go back to work. The PM’s announcement sets out a ‘conditional’ roadmap for the slow easing of restrictions based on whether people follow the rules and achieve satisfactory levels for the five tests, which require that we must:

  1. protect our NHS
  2. see sustained falls in the death rate
  3. see sustained and considerable falls in the rate of infection
  4. sort out our challenges in getting enough PPE to the people who need it
  5. make sure that any measures we take do not force the reproduction rate of the disease - the R - back up over one

If these are at a satisfactory level, then the easing of restrictions can progress. If not, then restrictions will remain, be re-introduced or be further strengthened.

 

Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces - The Public are encouraged to wear face cover in enclosed public spaces to help reduce the spread of coronavirus although face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing and regular handwashing, which remain the most important actions. 

 

 

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