Public caution over easing the coronavirus lockdown is underlined by a poll which indicates that more than a quarter of people do not want any restrictions lifted even if the government concludes it is safe.
Boris Johnson is expected to give details this week of progress against the five tests he has set before the government starts “refining” social-distancing measures. The most demanding is the need to avoid a second wave of infection that would overwhelm the NHS. Mr Johnson will not set out specific measures under consideration until shortly before a May 7 deadline for parliamentary approval for the lockdown to continue.
Among measures being lined up for the first wave of adjustments are increasing the number of shops to open, allowing households to combine and restarting some sports.
A YouGov survey for The Times found that 28 per cent of people do not want any aspect of the lockdown eased even if all five tests have been met. Other options attract modest support: 22 per cent want more shops open and only 11 per cent want schools to be reopened. Only 4 per cent until the lockdown lifted entirely, according to the survey.
Which of the following do you miss the most whilst in lockdown?
Seeing family members 59% Seeing friends 46% Having a meal out 30% Going on holiday 27% Having a haircut 19% Browsing around the shops 18% going to the pub 17% Watching sporting events 13% Playing sport 6% going to the cinema 5% going to the theatre 3% something else 10% not sure 12%
Source: YouGov Sample size: 1,643 adults 27-28th April
(Source: taken from The Times 29/4)