UK – ‘Too soon’ to end lockdown but health secretary ‘comfortable’ with some businesses reopening


Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told Sky News it is still too soon for UK lockdown measures to be relaxed, but that he is “comfortable” with some businesses reopening.

The minister said that while the daily number of UK deaths due to coronavirus meant the country was not yet ready to start diluting some social-distancing rules, he was not opposed to building sites and hardware stores resuming work.

Companies including hardware chain B&Q, house builders Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon, and car makers Jaguar Lnd Rover, Nissan, Aston Martin and Bentley have announced plans to begin asking staff to return to work or re-started in a limited capacity.