IfG publishes paper on the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID–19) strategy in 2021

IfG publishes paper on the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID–19) strategy in 2021

The Institute for Government has published a paper setting out how the government should navigate lifting lockdown in 2021 as the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID–19) strategy. The paper follows the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s proposal to reveal his plans out of lockdown and warns of ‘any mismanagement that risks a fourth lockdown would represent a serious failure of government’. IfG states that the government is ‘right to emphasise that data, not dates should dictate its strategy’ and that the government must establish what would warrant a change in approach to ensure the strategy can be adapter a lot quicker than it did in 2020. IfG calls for the government to ‘be up front with the public about its objectives, and why they have changed, and specify the level of risk it deems acceptable’.

IfG suggests that the government should:

• be practical about the limitations of self–isolation, hotel quarantine and contact tracing

• admit an approach that allows it to quicken or hasten lockdown easing if circumstances change

• guarantee its communications strategy continues to under–promise and over–deliver.

The full publication of the paper can be viewed here.

Source: Lifting lockdown in 2021: the next phase of the coronavirus strategy

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