PEOPLE have been warned they still aren’t allowed to hugs loved ones as lockdown rules ease today – and are being urged to “call out” friends and family breaking the rules.
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“Of course when you’re hugging somebody you’re in incredibly close proximity to them.
“We’ve been through this most people do know the rules, we know what to do we know how to behave, and also if you see somebody behaving in a slightly odd way then maybe call them out on it in a respectful way, because sometimes some people just forget.”
Asked how people should call out others, he added: “Well, if you see a loved one say ‘look, let’s just make a little bit more careful here – sorry, would love to give you a hug, but not at the moment’.
“I think people are sensible about this, actually you do see people a little bit with caution, you see people all the time getting close to each other then suddenly thinking ‘well you know what I can’t do that, let’s just keep the distance’.
“I know it’s a little bit awkward, but actually in these circumstances, it’s the right thing to do.”
He told Times Radio: “Social distancing outside still does matter, at the end of the day, the virus gets from one person to another by proximity and proximity can happen outside as well, hence your discussion about hugging.
“I think that when the evidence shows that the case numbers are really really low indeed, that’s the point, and so some degree of caution makes sense.”
Mr Huddlestone warned the PM may not be able to press ahead with his plan to end restrictions on June 21 if the public takes liberties with today’s easing of curbs on outdoor gatherings.
He said today was “a really big day for millions of people across the UK just dying to get back to the things they love” but urged everyone to show caution and stick to the rules.
He said: “First of all, the police do enforce the laws. If there are large gatherings the police can and will intervene. They can fine people on the spot if necessary.
“So we really do need people to stick by the law, because otherwise the roadmap is at risk. But we don’t want it to be at risk, as long everybody abides by the rules.”
He added: “It is a roadmap. Those key milestones will be looked at very carefully indeed and if we don’t feel like we can proceed, then we won’t.”
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The next planned step in the PM’s roadmap to freedom is April 12, when pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve outdoors and hairdressers will be able to reopen.
Then on May 17 hospitality settings will be allowed to welcome back indoors customers and overnight stays between two separate households will be allowed, respecting the rule of six.
Finally on June 21 it is planned for all restrictions to be lifted on mixing and venues that have had to stay shut throughout lockdown, like nightclubs, are also set to reopen.