James Sunderland urges Government to be clear about threat of reintroducing lockdown restrictions if necessary

Following the Health Secretary’s statement on action to tackle coronavirus, James Sunderland raises concerns at massed gatherings and people failing to take the necessary precautions on public transport and asks the Government if it is serious about reimposing wider lockdown restrictions if necessary.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

It was right to ease lockdown, as we must get the economy breathing again, but it is also dispiriting to see packed beaches, passengers without face masks on public transport and other mass gatherings. Given that the Government will no doubt get blamed for any second spikes, how serious is the Secretary of State about imposing similar measures more widely beyond Leicester?

Matt Hancock (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care)

People will have seen from the action we have taken today and announced tonight that although I do not want to take that sort of local action, we are perfectly prepared to take it if that is what is needed to control the virus. Throughout the lifting of the lockdown measures, our plan has been to lift the national measures and have a more targeted approach, whether that is at an individual case, whereby NHS test and trace contacts all those who have been in contact with the person who has tested positive, or whether at a cluster in one setting, for example, in the factory in Kirklees that was mentioned, which was addressed at that level, or at a wider outbreak, as demonstrated by tonight’s action.