LONDON: Britain’s finance minister Rishi Sunak said, the country is looking to ease lockdown restrictions and help the economy recover after a downturn due to the pandemic. The country will be reviewing social distancing rules and making amendments to allow people to move about.
Sunak said on Sunday that some progress in gaining control of the virus has given the country a chance to have a “fresh look” at the situation. The “two-meter rule” which has made it difficult for employers to make their businesses work at pre-corona speeds will be relaxed. Also Read- Wearing a Face Mask Could Prevent Second Wave of Covid19
According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, it will be difficult to bring the economy back up without allowing another wave of the disease. The government has always following a scientific approach to handling the pandemic.
Critics say Britain could have handled the crisis better as the country is ranked third in coronavirus deaths just after The United States and Brazil.
In an interview with Sky News, Sunak said preliminary steps had already been taken and more needs to be done in regards to the social distancing rule. He said, “It’s important that we look at it comprehensively, in the round, and that’s what we will do urgently.”
Making amends to the “two-meter” rule would allow more pubs to open up. Sunak suggested the government should review the 14-day isolation rule by setting up travel corridors with neighboring countries.
Government to open up retail and hospitality sectors soon
Sunak also made comments on the warning of airlines about the loss of jobs in the industry. He said, “The transport secretary is actively looking at options as we continue to make progress against the virus. We might be able to do more here as well.”
The finance minister said the government will be reopening “slowly and safely” starting with the retail sector and hopefully following with the hospitality sector.
The pandemic and the resulting lockdowns caused a quarter decrease in output in March and April.