M25 and Tube busy again after Boris Johnson tells Brits to get back to work as coronavirus lockdown eases – The Sun
COMMUTERS filled the M25 and London Underground this morning after Boris Johnson told Brits to get back to work this week.
In a bid to ease lockdown measures, the PM urged builders and factory workers to return to work last night – telling them to avoid public transport where possible.
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Some workers heeded the Government's advice this morning, as cars took to the M25 near Kent and queued on the A102 near Greenwich, London.
But in London commuters flocked to the Underground to get to work, with crowds of people seen piling onto the Jubilee line at rush hour.
It comes after Boris urged builders and factory workers to get back to work last night, adding that anyone who cannot work from home should avoid public transport "if at all possible."
BACK TO WORK
The PM also said that the Government wants to ensure everyone is "safe at work" with new guidance for employers to make workplaces COVID-secure.
He said: "We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work.
"And we want it to be safe for you to get to work. So you should avoid public transport if at all possible – because we must and will maintain social distancing, and capacity will therefore be limited.
"So work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home."
The roads are likely to be busier from now on, after Boris gave the green light to take cars on day trips from Wednesday.
Addressing the nation, the PM said last night: "From this Wednesday we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.
"You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household."
And it's clear that cooped up Brits have already started to hit the roads.
Last week, deputy chief scientific adviser Dame Angela McLean warned the rise in car use during the lockdown was "troubling".
She told the daily No 10 press conference: "For motor vehicles what you see is a pattern that looks a bit like commuting because it's low every weekend and we do worry about that creeping up.
"I think all of us remember that what we've done together which is to stay home has worked to protect the NHS and save lives and as one of the people who looks at this data and thinks about how it fits into how we think about the future it does trouble me that the dark blue line [use of motor vehicles] is creeping up again."
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