British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a televised address on Sunday to explain a “conditional plan” for the next phase of the country's coronavirus lockdown.
Johnson said “this is not the time” to end the lockdown in place in the U.K., but announced plans to begin easing some restrictions, which included encouraging those who cannot work from home to return to their jobs on Monday and allowing people to exercise outdoors more often as of May 13.
Social distancing rules must still be obeyed, Johnson said, adding that fines would be increased for those who break them.
He also detailed an alert system ranging from level 1, where virus is no longer present, to level 5, the most critical, that will allow the government to flag risks in different parts of England and to decrease or increase restrictions where necessary.
Johnson said that by by June 1 at the earliest, the government "may be in a position" to begin the phased reopening of shops and to get primary students back into schools, in stages.