Boris Johnson tells Brits 'stay at home as much as possible' but home nations threaten revolt against new guidance
The Prime Minister will today unveil his "roadmap" out of the lockdown, but his new slogan to “stay alert” has already sparked a huge backlash from other leaders.
⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates
This morning the PM tweeted more detail about his new guidelines, insisting “this is how we can continue to save lives as we start to recover from coronavirus.”
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
However, after ditching “stay home” from the slogan, the leaders of the devolved nations have hit out at the PM.
In a pointed tweet today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed she’d not been told about the new slogan in advance.
She tweeted: "The Sunday papers is the first I've seen of the PM's new slogan.
"It is of course for him to decide what's most appropriate for England, but given the critical point we are at in tackling the virus, #StayHomeSaveLives remains my clear message to Scotland at this stage."
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford also hit out at the Government, saying the stay-home slogan has not "gone away" in Wales.
He also demanded more cooperation with the UK, adding: "When there is engagement, it is good, and it is helpful, and I wish there could be more of it."
The PM’s new approach was also blasted by the Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster.
She said: "On the whole, the message is to stay at home.
“We will say we are not deviating from the message at this time."
It comes as the Prime Minister is set to warn the UK later today that the country is entering the most dangerous phase of the outbreak.
The PM will urge “maximum caution” as he unveils his road map out of lockdown.
Mr Johnson told The Sun on Sunday: “This is the dangerous bit.
“We’re past the peak now but we’ll have to work even harder to get every step right."