UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is laying out the details of his roadmap to “normality” amid the coronavirus pandemic before Cabinet members today, APA reports quoting Daily Mail.
According to a cited government source, Johnson will elaborate his “priorities for the autumn” during a meeting with ministers, as children start to return to the classroom for the new school year.
“He wants to gradually get back to more normality, and the return of schools plays a big part in that,” the source reportedly said.
The reopening of schools in the country is being touted as leading the way in the “process of national recovery”.
“As children go back, more parents will be freed up to return to work. At the same time, [Mr Johnson] wants to get further down the track to recovery on COVID – getting the test-and-trace regime improved and getting the local lockdown process beefed up, so that we never have to have a return to national lockdown. And you will see a doubling down on the agenda from the election – levelling up opportunity across the country,” the government source added.
Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith also suggested that the reopening of schools would incentivise parents to begin returning to their offices. He summoned employers to “show some backbone” and “start getting their people back to work”, adding:
“If we don’t get this right, the economy will suffer, people will lose their jobs and more people will die.”
Another Conservative MP, Steve Baker, also held out the hope that as schools reopen, “parents will start to return to the office”.
“With that, our town centres can be rescued from ruin. The future is bleak indeed if parents stay at home,” Baker was cited as saying.