To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to Question 51836 and with reference to his decision to allow Dominic Cummings to remain in post following his trip to the North East from London during the covid-19 lockdown, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of that decision on public attitudes towards cooperating with social distancing and other guidelines to avoid transmission of covid-19; and if he will make a statement.
As I said on Monday 25th May, I do not believe that anybody in Number 10 has done anything to undermine our messaging. I am satisfied that Mr Cummings’ actions were in line with the Government’s guidance, and Durham Police have also stated, ‘Durham Constabulary does not consider that by locating himself at his father’s premises, Mr Cummings committed an offence’.
We all have a duty to be clear in our advice to the public throughout this unprecedented pandemic. The Government’s guidance remains clear: we all must stay alert, in order to control the virus and save lives. That means continuing to observe social distancing, limiting contact with others, washing our hands regularly, and self-isolating if we have symptoms.
It is thanks to the common sense of the British public that we have got the R rate beneath 1, and it is only by pulling together in this national effort that we will defeat coronavirus.