The coronavirus pandemic has “torn the paper apart” in society and people need to be confident that the government’s “roadmap” will be delivered to the government from the lockdown, the Archbishop of Canterbury said.
Most venerable Justin Welby said England’s recent national restrictions have been “one of the most painful for most people” and the Covid-19 outbreak affected schools, homes and healthcare.
He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, “The pandemic has cleared the paper of the cracks we covered up.”
Mr Welby said there was a “school crisis” where children either missed a school year or saw a disruption.
He continued, “There is a housing crisis that is showing in full.
“Healthcare is desperately tired.
“There is a great need for a clear roadmap and I am sure that the government is working on it and will create it.”
His comments come before Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who outlines the government’s “roadmap” to easing England’s lockdown restrictions on Monday.
Mr. Welby told Sky, “A road map is a very important thing. It has to be one that we can be really confident about. “
He added, “That final lockdown was one of the most painful for most people.”
Mr Welby said a road map was needed that would “keep us from walking up and down”.
He said the “great success” of the Covid vaccination program “speaks for what we can do”.
He continued, “I think it has to be safe and we know it will be delivered so we can all move forward.”
The archbishop said he was “absolutely certain” that the government was right to give priority to reopening schools if lockdown measures were eased.
He added, “That’s probably the most urgent thing, it was the most urgent thing of the whole way.”
Mr. Welby said that the Church of England teaches more than a million children in its schools and recalled a senior medical advisor who told him last year, “Whatever you do, do whatever you can to keep the schools going hold up because children’s mental health is compromised Long-term education is so serious. “