PUBLISHED: 20:19, Fri, May 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:19, Fri, May 1, 2020
Matt Hancock said on Friday it was too early to discuss when restrictions on daily life, imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, would end. When asked whether people could plan family gatherings and holidays for late summer, Hancock said: "It's still too early to say and I'm really sorry to have to give that answer, but it is." He referred back to the Government's five conditions which must be met before the lockdown can be eased.
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Virologist Professor George Lomonossoff believes Britons will be quick to return to work but the worry of catching the coronavirus could impact going to restaurants.
Speaking to talkRADIO, Professor Lomonossoff said: "In terms of the virus, I think we will see a decline and at some point restrictions will be relaxed.
"No one wants this to continue longer than it has to.
"But there's always this question, will people suddenly change their behaviours back again?
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UK lockdown: Matt Hancock said on Friday it was too early to discuss when restrictions lift (Image: GETTY)
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"If the restaurants open, will people go to them? Because I think people will say I must go back to work, I understand that.
"I need to do this because I'm part of a community but even with that in mind, there's a slight risk and you'd take it.
"But if it's just going out for a bit of fun, I think I won't really enjoy it because I'll be worried.
"You probably wouldn't bother going because there's not a lot of point."