UK Government extends lockdown for ‘at least’ 3 more weeks

Any relaxation now would risk a ‘significant increase in the spread of the virus’

The decision was announced at today’s (16 April) press briefing which was led by the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab who is effectively Prime Minister, Boris Johnston’s deputy.

The announcement was made this evening after Mr Raab led an emergency Cobra committee and cabinet meetings about the continuation of UK lockdown measures earlier this morning.

During the briefing, Mr Rabb said any relaxation of the UK’s social distancing measures now would risk a “significant increase in the spread of the virus”, that would threaten a second peak of the virus and substantially increase the number of deaths. “It would undo the progress we have made to date,” he added.

He continued: “Early relaxation would do more damage to the economy over the longer period. I want to be really clear about this, the advice from Sage is that relaxing any of the measures currently in place would do more damage to both public health and our economy. “Based on this advice, which we have very carefully considered, the government has decided that the current measures must remain in place for the next three weeks.”

He added that the government could subsequently decide to relax the measures in some respects, while strengthening them in others.

The news comes just days after the Office for Budget Responsibility revealed the UK economy could shrink by as much as 35% in the second quarter of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The watchdog is also predicting a 13% drop in annual GDP as a result of the outbreak, which it said would “comfortably exceed” any of the annual falls around the end of each world war or in the financial crisis.

 

RELOCATION UPDATE:

It goes without saying that the continued lockdown across the UK and in other countries has stopped corporate relocations in their tracks.  Every day, the caring team of professionals at Saunders 1865 we continue to support our clients’ assignees whose moves remain in limbo. 

Many families are stuck unable to move into our out of rental homes.  Lease extensions and other legal measures have had to be put in place to protect everyone’s interests.  And, of course, our Ongoing Support team continues to sort out daily issues with landlords and their agents.

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Thanks for all your hard work.  We are very appreciative of your support over the last few months.  I have recommended that your services be used by the firm in the future for relocations.

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