There are fears that the lockdown in England will continue into the summer as Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to extend the vacation program.
According to Financial Time, the Chancellor will announce that the vacation – the payment of wages for people who are unable to work due to a blockage – is to be extended for the coming months.
The program should end on April 30th.
According to The expressBy extending the vacation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson can maintain the lockdown in England until the summer.
Vacation shouldn’t be needed once the lockdown is lifted – as anyone can go back to work as pubs, shops, gyms, and everything else.
The news is expected to come out on March 3rd, when Rishi Sunak sets the budget.
This will be just days after Mr Johnson’s announcement of the lockdown lifting schedule on February 22nd.
The Prime Minister has warned that he will “cautiously” relax lockdown restrictions as the unlock schedule is likely to be slow.
Schools can open from March 8, but Mr Johnson has indicated that the rest of the economy will then open gradually.
He’s hinted that hospitality – including pubs – might be the last thing to open again.
Mr Johnson said, “I certainly think we need to be gradual. We have to be careful.
“It must be remembered that last year we fully opened up hospitality as one of the last things we did, as obviously there is an additional risk of hospitality transmission.”
A Treasury Department spokesman said: “We have already extended our vacation program to April so people can be sure that help is available.
“We will continue to invest in protecting and creating jobs through the remainder of the pandemic and recovery, and will provide more details in the next phase of our employment plan in the upcoming budget.”