Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the nation to: “Stay alert, control the virus, save lives,” in his public address on Sunday 10 May.
Speaking to the nation at 7pm, the PM unveiled a ‘conditional plan’ to re-open society.
He went on to announce that, as of Wednesday, people would be allowed to spend more time outdoors to play sports with members of their own family and sit in public places such as parks.
Mr Johnson went on to urge everyone who cannot work from home to go into work, but to avoid public transport.
Other measures revealed during the televised announcement was a plan for a phased return to school for some primary-aged children by June 1 at the earliest.
The government will also introduce a new five-level COVID Alert System, which would act as an indicator of how quickly lockdown restrictions could be lifted.
Describing the measures as a ‘roadmap to re-opening society’, Mr Johnson went on to say that the next phase could see some sectors of the hospitality industry and public spaces re-open by July.