Currently half of the world is in lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The United Kingdom is now 3 weeks into the lockdown period. There are strict restrictions in place to slow the spread of the virus.
The government requests people to stay inside their homes unless buying essential groceries. The UK Government still allows a vulnerable person to go to his office if the job cannot be done remotely.
All public places are out of order, including multiplexes, bars, and restaurants. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, first announced a lockdown of 3 weeks. But it is unlikely that restrictions will be removed anytime soon unless infection rate decreases. Because the death toll needs to decrease first. Experts believe the lockdown may continue for as long as 6 months.
While the government reviews the lockdown measures for next week, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove makes it clear that there is no fixed date for when things go back to normal.
Michael Gove tells Sky News that "nobody likes the lockdown" but "the fact the PM and others are in a serious condition as a result of this disease emphasises the importance of making sure we all do everything we can."
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) April 7, 2020
When will the lockdown be over? What happens after that?
The lockdown will be over once there is a critical amount of decline in the number of Coronavirus cases. If the curve flattens out and comes to a constant, then the strategy might change. Instead of social distancing and self-isolation, people can be tested vigorously for infection. But, if the lockdown is lifted before there is a decrease in the number of cases, the disease will only spread more.
It is unlikely for all lockdown measures to be lifted at once. Experts need to work on an exit strategy. Because this will help life go back to normal gradually. The controls need to lift one by one. But this will mean that multiple regions will have different rules. Some groups of people will still remain home while some businesses will open.
By lifting the lockdown gradually, experts can understand the spread of COVID-19. IF case numbers decrease gradually, and the NHS can cope up, everything will go back to normal.