Schools could start returning within three weeks under a ‘traffic light’ plan being pushed by senior ministers to eases coronavirus misery. The ‘exit strategy’ would see the country get back up in running in stages after May 11, amid mounting fears over the catastrophic impact on the economy. The idea is gaining traction amid signs Boris Johnson is gearing up to take back the reins of government, making calls to ministers from Chequers where he is recuperating from his own health scare with the disease. Schools could start to return after the current lockdown period expires on May 11, but age groups might attend on different days to make ‘social distancing’ easier. Primary pupils and those due to sit GCSEs and A-levels would be prioritised, under the blueprint reported in the Sunday Times. Meanwhile, clothes shops and garden centres could be among the ‘non-essential’ stores given a ‘green light’ to reopen with precautions to protect customers. Rail services would be brought up to normal levels, with commuters probably urged to wear facemasks, and the NHS would resume carrying out non-urgent procedures. A second ‘amber’ stage later in the summer would see more of the economy revived, with all employees told… Read full this story
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