Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th May 2020.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the criteria are for removing the social distancing restrictions that the Government has put in place in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

On 23 March 2020 the Prime Minister announced several social distancing measures in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. The guidance for these measures can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

The social distancing measures will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

At all times the Government has been guided by the advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, this advice will be a key factor in the relaxation of social distancing measures. SAGE’s advice is regularly published and can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response

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