Dominic Raab Confirms You Can Meet Loved Ones Outdoors As Long As You're 2m Apart
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has urged the British public to "use common sense" under the new lockdown measures, which allows Brits to meet friends and family under certain conditions.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Monday morning, Mr Raab explained you can "meet with other people" outside the home (for example, in a park) as long as you are two metres apart and meeting just one individual at a time.
"So we've said that as long as you go out of home, for the park, for exercise, whatever it may be, you can go with members of your own household," he explained.
"If you're out in the park and you're 2m apart... and use some common sense and you socially-distance, you can meet up with other people."
When Mr Raab was asked if someone could, for example, meet one person in the morning and a different person in the afternoon, he said: "Outside in the outdoors, staying 2m apart, yes."
He clarified that meeting up inside other people's homes was not acceptable under the new advice.
The clarification comes after Boris Johnson's announcement yesterday evening, in which Brits huddled around the TV to watch the PM announce the first steps in the ease of Britain's coronavirus lockdown.
The Prime Minister addressed the nation at 7pm on Sunday evening, but many viewers were left confused over the advice, calling it "vague" and "open to interpretation".
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Under the new 'Stay Alert' advice, people who cannot work from home - such as those working in manufacturing and construction - should be "actively encouraged" to go back to work.
He added that, from Wednesday, Brits will be allowed to enjoy "unlimited outdoor exercise" as well as "sitting in the sun in their local park" for the first time in two months. They can also drive to other destinations and play sports with members of their own households.
Meanwhile, police fines will be increased to make sure social distancing is observed.
The government will review progress made by the new measures from 1st June, including considering the "phased reopening" of shops and to get primary pupils back into school beginning with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
From July, the government may look into opening "at least some" of the hospitality and other public places, provided they are safe and observe social distancing.
In an interview with Sky News, Mr Raab explained hairdressers, pubs and restaurants would have to wait until phase three at the earliest.
"From 4 July, at the earliest, we'll look at other sectors and that will include hospitality, but it will also include personal care and people like hairdressers," he said.
A 50-page document detailing the guidance in full will be released later today.
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