Union leader Sir Keir Starmer called for a two to three week lockdown on circuit breakers in England to clear up coronavirus cases.
At a press conference he said, “Three things are now clear. The government doesn’t have a credible plan to slow the infection down. It lost control of the virus.
“And it no longer follows scientific advice.”
He said Sage’s Scientific Advisory Board had emphasized the need for a circuit breaker.
Sir Keir Starmer said, “There is no more time to give this Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt. The government’s plan just isn’t working. Another course is needed.
“So I am calling for a two to three week break in England as recommended by Sage.”
The restrictions wouldn’t mean schools will be closed – but the Labor leader suggested that the timing could coincide with the October halftime to minimize disruption.
Sir Keir Starmer said schools would not have to close but the mix of households would be restricted, pubs, bars and restaurants would be closed and non-essential offices would have to close under the proposed “breaker”.
The Labor leader said: “This would not mean closing schools. However, if this is imminent, the time for halftime can be set to minimize disruption. However, breaking the circuit would require significant sacrifices across the country.
“It would only mean substantial work and travel. That anyone who can work from home should do so. Non-essential offices should be closed.
“Household mixing should be limited to one household, with the exception of those who have created support bubbles.
“And all the pubs, bars and restaurants would be closed for two to three weeks – but to make up for the fact that no business is lost due to the sacrifices we all have to make. This should also mean that the UK Parliament is switching to remote working. “