“No effort” is being made by people to social distance in the street, a government minister has complained.
Lord Nicholas True told the House of Lords that he “frequently notes” the public has not been keeping the recommended distance of two metres where possible.
The cabinet office minister said this was in “sharp contrast” to the first lockdown.
Speaking during a discussion about the UK’s four nations and their coronavirus policies, Conservative Lord Haselhurst said the government “is fighting an invisible and still not fully understood enemy”.
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He added that with the publicity of “conflicting expert opinions… there really does have to be great restraint exercised if we’re to help to bolster public resolve, which in the end is what we all depend if this virus is to be defeated”.
Lord True said: “A lot does rest on us ourselves, in the way we behave and in our sense of responsibility and common resolve, and we should not let that flag.
“I frequently note now as I walk down the road people make no effort to social distance at all, which is in sharp contrast to the observance of space that was practised in the original lockdown.
“Those items of washing your hands, giving space and observing the rules are very important.”
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