23 May 2020 – the overnight press release

Govt creating confusion and worry about returning to work

Responding to a GMB survey that reveals four in five UK workers are worried about returning to work during the coronavirus pandemic, Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Sarah Olney said:

The Coronavirus crisis is leaving the most vulnerable at risk. Absolutely no one should be left suffering panic attacks with worry and being forced to go into the workplace until it is safe.

Any easing of the lockdown can only happen once the Government delivers a comprehensive strategy to test, trace and isolate to prevent a new surge. Sadly, the Prime Minister is creating more confusion than clarity by badly communicating his Government’s plans.

The Government is asking a lot of the public during this crisis, and the British people deserve clear, honest answers. Ministers must ease concerns by urgently setting out how they will support employers to adapt and create a safe work environment.

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  • Actually we should just end the lockdown now and stop adding to the panic. Everywhere you go, everything you touch and every time you breath there will be one virus or another. We are not doing this to protect the vulnerable. It’s because having committed themselves to the damaging act of lockdowns, governments have no plan for leaving them. This is not a deadly virus. It is complication for people with underlying health issues. We should not quarantine the healthy or ask the young to live like diabetic 80 year olds. The modelling was plainly wrong and it’s time we admitted it.

  • Richard Underhill 23rd May '20 - 10:21am

    The SNP leader in the Commons has called for Dominic Cummins to resign for not observing lockdown regulations. This is the main story today.
    Ed Davey has also been interviewed. He called for the Prime Minister to act.

  • Peter Hirst 24th May '20 - 4:43pm

    Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. I’m not one to defend the government, especially its handling of the crisis but we are where we are. We need to trust that it will make the right decisions from here on in. Everything in life is a risk and with education doing nothing is far from safe. I wouldn’t like to be in their shoes at present though they’ve no-one to blame but themselves.

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