UK: PM urges responsibility ahead of ‘Super Saturday’

4th Jul 2020
UK: PM urges responsibility ahead of ‘Super Saturday’

By Karim El-Bar

 

LONDON (AA): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday urged people to act responsibly while enjoying summer.

“All these businesses and their workers have put in a heroic effort to prepare their venues for this reopening, to work out a way to trade in a way that keeps their customers safe,” Johnson said in his speech ahead of so-called “Super Saturday” when lockdown restrictions are eased across England.

“But the success of these businesses, the livelihoods of those who rely on them, and ultimately the economic health of the whole country is dependent on every single one of us acting responsibly. We must not let them down,” he said.

“Just as when we first locked down, we will only succeed in reopening if everyone works together. Because we are not out of the woods yet,” he said.

Johnson added that the government aimed now to move from a national lockdown to local lockdowns where necessary: “Our goal remains to enable as many people as possible to live their lives as close to normally as possible in a way that is as fair and as safe as possible.

“To achieve this we need to move away from blanket national measures to targeted local measures.”

From tomorrow, pubs, restaurants, cafes, and hotels will be allowed to reopen. The government said pubs will open from 6am, in an effort to avoid them opening just after midnight.

Some sectors are still closed, such as indoor gyms, nail bars, and mass gatherings. Johnson said the government will set a timetable next week to reopen them. In an earlier interview with LBC radio, the Prime Minister said: “We are going to reopen gyms as soon as we can do it in a Covid-secure way and I think that the date for reopening gyms at the moment, if we can do it, is in just a couple of weeks’ time.”

The government also launched its “Enjoy Summer Safely” campaign.

Chris Whitty, Govt’s Chief Medical Adviser, put a word of caution as lockdown is eased. Covid-19 virus “is not going to go away for a long time…it is not going to go anytime for long,” he cautioned.

He urged people to keep following social distancing rules, saying: “If individuals, families and firms do not take them seriously the possibility of a second wave goes up sharply.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted: “This morning we’re launching a new #EnjoySummerSafely campaign.

“As more hospitality and leisure businesses open from this weekend, we should go out and support them whilst following the guidelines to protect ourselves and others.”

[Photo: NHS staff and campaigners outside Downing St carrying lanterns for people who died for Covid-19 on 3 July 2020. Photo by Ilyas Tayfun Salci/AA]

 

Johnson said on Twitter: “Today I spoke to business leaders who are supporting the government’s #EnjoySummerSafely campaign.

“As more hospitality and leisure businesses open from this weekend, everybody must follow the COVID-19 Secure guidelines wherever they are to protect themselves and others.”

 

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo: Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a Covid-19 Press Conference in 10 Downing Street 3 July 2020. Picture by Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street]

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