Johnson said he is rolling out “the first sketch of a road map” showing how the coronavirus lockdown will be lifted.
“And so I know – you know – that it would be madness now to throw away that achievement by allowing a second spike. We must stay alert,” the PM stated.
Earlier in the day the prime minister tweeted a picture detailing the tweaked approach to coronavirus. The new government message reads “Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives,” rather different to the previous slogan “Stay Home, Save Lives, Protect the NHS.” Citizens, however, are still advised to stay home “as much as possible,” while other steps appear to closely resemble the original lockdown measures.
The new slogan has caused much confusion, as it was not immediately clear what exactly the “Stay Alert” part means. Moreover, the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said they had not been consulted about the new slogan at all. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she learned about the change from media. She also took a jab at the vague “Stay Alert” message, stating she will “leave it to the prime minister to explain how dropping the ‘stay at home’ message” includes advice to stay home at the same time.