The British media has widely published a new slogan which is due to be released on Sunday evening by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in which the advice to “stay at home” will be replaced by “stay alert”.
Johnson said earlier this week that he would present a plan to start easing the country’s foreclosure and hoped that some measures could be relaxed by Monday.
But Johnson struggled to put the UK’s four countries on the same page, and Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday that she would stick to the old “stay at home” message to his people.
The UK Press Association reported the new slogan and said that Johnson should also encourage people who are unable to work from home to return to their workplace while practicing social distancing.
Restrictions limiting outdoor exercise to once a day will be lifted and garden centers will be allowed to reopen, although fines for violating lockout rules will be increased, the AP said.
Johnson’s government has come under heavy criticism for his messages regarding the response to the coronavirus.
BBC Andrew Marr lobbied cabinet minister Robert Jenrick on Sunday over how the slogan and other details were leaked to some journalists before the Prime Minister’s announcement.
Jenrick added that despite the new slogan, the government would continue to encourage people to stay at home.
“Staying at home will remain an important part of the message. We want people to stay at home as much as possible,” he said.
But the government wanted to send a more nuanced message, he said, which emphasized vigilance, such as washing hands and maintaining social distance, for people who returned to work or were busy vulnerable people.
He dismissed criticism that the government was daring in its easing, despite the death toll in the country now reaching more than 31,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“There will be no major reopening of the economy this evening,” he said.
“We will help control the virus and over time … we will be able to gradually reopen the economy and other aspects of our lives.”