Responding to today's COVID-19 update from the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Daisy Cooper said:
“Many will welcome news that sport is set to return to our screens, but this must not jeopardise public health. Guidance for all those involved must be crystal clear when it comes to checking symptoms, testing and social distancing, to minimise the risk.
"More widely, many are acutely concerned that the Government is starting to ease lockdown at a time when not one part of the test, trace and isolate system which could keep people safe is actually working properly. Against this backdrop, Ministers will struggle to reassure the public that they are not relaxing the lockdown prematurely.
"Ministers and scientists have made clear that, to prevent a further COVID-19 surge, people across the country will need to follow new guidance to the letter. Professor Van-Tam has explicitly confirmed that the "rules apply to all". Boris Johnson must act now to sack Cummings and start rebuilding public trust, or risk undermining his Government's own public health messaging at this pivotal time.”