The UK Government’s COVID19 recovery strategy, 12th May 2020

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“Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy” has been published.

The 60 page document covers:

  1. The current situation
  2. Our aims: saving lives; saving livelihoods
  3. Our approach: a phased recovery
  4. Our roadmap to lift restrictions step-by-step
  5. Fourteen supporting programmes
  6. How you can help
  7. Annex A: Staying safe outside your home
  8. Annex B: Summary table: COVID-19 vulnerable groups

You can read the text online via: pdf document version to print and read is available at:


  • People should “wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet, for example on public transport or in some shops”. Children under the age of two should not have their faces covered, and nor should any of primary age who do not have somebody with them who is supervising them. This is aimed at preventing people who have the virus but are not experiencing symptoms from passing it on to others. [we will write more about mask-wearing and local availability ASAP]
  • The public should wash their clothes regularly “as there is some evidence that the virus can stay on fabrics”.
  • “paid childcare, for example nannies and childminders, can take place”, as long as health guidelines such as avoiding crowds and washing hands are followed.
  • “As the government learns more about the disease and the risk factors involved, it expects to steadily make the risk-assessment more nuanced, giving confidence to some previously advised to shield that they may be able to take more risk, and identifying those who may wish to be more cautious”
  • “There is no easy or quick solution. Only the development of a vaccine or effective drugs can reliably control this epidemic and reduce mortality without some form of social distancing or contact tracing in place”
  • “In the medium term, allowing the virus to spread in an uncontrolled manner until natural population-level immunity is achieved would put the UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy under enormous pressure.” The document claims that “At no point has this been part of the government’s strategy.”
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