Responding to the Prime Minister's press conference, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
“The Government’s communications over the past few days have been woefully incompetent to say the least. Individuals have no idea of the rules, let alone the reasoning behind some of them.
“Of course the Government need to move quickly to stop the spread of coronavirus, but this does not excuse their shambolic approach. Without clear messaging, people will not be able to follow the rules properly.
“Going forward, it is clear businesses and individuals will need further financial support from the Government. By not only ending the furlough scheme, but the financial support for all those shielding, millions of people are faced with risking their health in returning to work when it isn’t safe or not being able to put food on the table.
“If Minsters are to stop the spread of the virus, they need to step up support and sort out their messaging. The consequences otherwise will be devastating.”