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Commuters 'will be told to check their temperatures before traveling'

por Josie Kwok (2020-06-27)


Boris Johnson is sketching out a blueprint which enables Britons to go back to work by May 26 while stopping a second spike in coronavirus infections, government sources revealed last night.

A loosening of certain restrictions designed to fire up the flagging economy will be accompanied with a roll-out of revamped social distancing guidelines, particularly on public transport.

The measures will also try to allay the cautious public's 'coronaphobia' after polls showed opinion overwhelmingly weighing in behind extending the lockdown. 

A new YouGov poll of 3,152 adults revealed that 77 per cent would like to see the lockdown continue while just 15 per cent are opposed to the move. 

Some 46 per cent of those surveyed said they would 'strongly support' the decision to extend the lockdown while 31 per cent said they would 'somewhat support' an extension. Just 8 per cent said they did not know.

The Prime Minister, who yesterday urged the country to display 'collective discipline', will spell out his road map next week when the restrictions are reviewed.

Government insiders claimed that under the plans commuters will be instructed to check their temperature before travelling into work to stop train carriages becoming contamination hotbeds.

Passengers will also have to stick to the time slot they have booked to avoid carriages becoming rammed in rush hours, ????????? according to the Times.

But ministers eager to cajole UK plc back to work are mulling plans to relax social distancing in workplaces, including scrapping the two-metre rule.

Downing Street's scientific advisory group SAGE has been asked to urgently review the current proximity guidelines and one minister told the Daily Telegraph the issue was a 'live discussion'.

Overhauling this current two-metre guideline could also tip the balance to allow schools to return by the middle of June. 

Mr Johnson on Thursday offered a glimmer of hope as he revealed the UK is past the peak of the virus and on 'the downward slope'.

Sources said the cabinet is working towards the last week of May as the earliest point to begin these baby steps out of lockdown.

'You won't find anybody who thinks it will be any ­earlier than that,' a senior government figure told the Sun, adding the date was 'our best hope'.

Yet polls show the public are still nervous about, with one YouGov survey yesterday revealing that 77 per cent would like to see the lockdown continue while just 15 per cent are opposed to the move. 

Some 46 per cent of those surveyed said they would 'strongly support' the decision to extend the lockdown while 31 per cent said they would 'somewhat support' an extension. Just 8 per cent said they did not know. 

When restrictions are eased experts will monitor how different parts of the country are complying and may put individual towns and cities back on lockdown if the re-infection rate, or R, creeps above 1 again.   






YouGov asked 3,152 British adults: The next government lockdown review is on May 7. Would you support or oppose extending the current lockdown beyond 7th May?









Ipsos MORI polling has suggested 61 per cent of Britons would be nervous about going out to bars and restaurants even if the draconian restrictions are loosened







Passengers on a Jubilee line train on the London Underground today







An empty Tube station is pictured in west London today while ministers consider whether to tell people to check their temperatures before they travel