There is a plethora of information available for those seeking clarity around how the lifting of present COVID-19 restrictions will affect them.
Here, we have listed the most accessible and credible, up-to-date ones:
Public Health England https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/
General Government Guidance https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
And read the latest New Scientist article, which offers a national and international perspective:
Extract: Health 11 May 2020
By Sam Wong , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool
People in England can return to work if they can’t work from home
Restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus are being eased slightly in England this week, but many have criticised the government for creating confusion with a new slogan telling people to “stay alert”, which replaces previous advice to “stay at home.” In a video message broadcast on Sunday evening, prime minister Boris Johnson announced the following changes to the government’s policy in England, which are listed in full online and will come into effect from Wednesday 13 May:
Employees can return to work if they can’t work from home and if their work place is open, but they should try to avoid using public transport to get there. This applies to essential shops, but excludes restaurants, pubs, and gyms.
Face coverings are advised in places like shops or on public transport, but will not be made compulsory.
People will be able to meet with one person from a household other than their own, but only if they meet in a public place and stay at least two metres apart.
These new policies mean that social distancing rules in England are now different from the advice given to UK citizens in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon said people should continue to “stay at home”, and Northern Ireland’s first minister Arlene Foster also rejected the new slogan.
Some London Underground platforms were packed with passengers this morning following last night’s announcement.
Other worldwide coronavirus developments
Two people who work in close proximity to US president Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence have tested positive for coronavirus, and several senior staff including government health adviser Anthony Fauci are now self-isolating for two weeks. The White House said that vice president Pence will not alter his routine or self-quarantine.
Doctors in the US have reported a wide range of possible effects of covid-19 on the body, including damage to the kidneys, heart and brain.
The death toll in the US could reach 137,000 by early August according to researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Many states are continuing to ease restrictions despite failing to meet White House criteria for reopening businesses.
The covid-19 pandemic is causing a decline in routine childhood vaccination in the US, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents’ concerns about potentially exposing their children to covid-19 may be a contributing factor.
Wuhan, China, has detected its first new cases of coronavirus since its lockdown lifted in early April. Five cases were confirmed in a single residential community on 10 May.
Coronavirus restrictions are gradually being eased in a growing number of European countries. People in France are now allowed to walk outside without a permit and in some parts of Spain people can now meet in bars and restaurants with outdoor spaces.
In New Zealand restrictions will be further eased this week with domestic travel resuming and restaurants, shops, gyms and playgrounds reopening. The country is very close to wiping out covid-19 entirely.
The worldwide death toll has passed 283,000. The number of confirmed cases is more than 4.1 million, according to the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, though the true number of cases will be much higher.
Latest on coronavirus from New Scientist
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Easing coronavirus lockdowns in Africa: After many African countries took quick action to stop the coronavirus spreading, attention is now turning to what will happen as several nations begin easing lockdown restrictions in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions.
New Zealand close to wiping out coronavirus: New Zealand is tantalisingly close to wiping out covid-19, but does that mean that life there will be able to go back to normal?
Essential information about coronavirus
What is covid-19?
What are the worst symptoms and how deadly is covid-19?
You could be spreading the coronavirus without realising you’ve got it
What does evidence say about schools reopening?
How and when will the coronavirus lockdowns end?
What to read, watch and listen to about coronavirus
Can You Save The World? is a coronavirus social distancing game, where the player travels through a city and gains points for saving lives by practising social distancing correctly and collecting masks.
What coronavirus looks like in every country on earth is a 28 minute film from Channel 4 News showing what daily life looks like in every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
‘Coronavirus explained’ on Netflix is a short documentary series examining the on-going coronavirus pandemic, the efforts to fight it and ways to manage its mental health toll.
The science of a pandemic: As the death toll from covid-19 rises, discover how researchers around the world are racing to understand the virus and prevent future outbreaks in the New Scientist free online panel discussion.
‘A day in the life of coronavirus Britain’ is an uplifting Channel 4 documentary shot over 24 hours which shows how the citizens of Britain are coping under lockdown.
New Scientist Weekly features updates and analysis on the latest developments in the covid-19 pandemic. Our podcast sees expert journalists from the magazine discuss the biggest science stories to hit the headlines each week – from technology and space, to health and the environment.
‘The Rules of Contagion’ is about the new science of contagion and the surprising ways it shapes our lives and behaviour. The author, Adam Kucharski, is an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and in the book he examines how things spread and why they stop.
Coronavirus trajectory tracker explained, a video by John Burn-Murdoch for the Financial Times, uses data-visualisation to explain the daily graphs that show how coronavirus cases and deaths are growing around the world.
‘Contagion: The BBC Four Pandemic’ is a sober documentary about the progression of a hypothetical pandemic which the BBC simulated in 2017. Fronted by science journalist and TV presenter Hannah Fry, and made with the support of some of the country’s best epidemiologists and mathematical modelers, it’s very relevant to today’s covid-19 pandemic.