Responding to news that the Government is dropping the "Stay at Home" COVID-19 message in favour of "Stay Alert", Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
“Changing the slogan now, while in practice keeping the lockdown in place, makes the police’s job near impossible and may cause considerable alarm. Ministers risk sowing confusion and losing public trust with this muddled communications strategy and lack of transparency.
“It’s not clear why the Prime Minister has made this decision. For it to make any sense, we need total transparency on the science and advice that has led to this change. Ministers must publish the evidence they are relying on to make these decisions to allow for real scrutiny.
"We need to test, trace and isolate to keep people safe. Any move beyond lockdown will require this approach to prevent a new surge in infections and save lives. The Government must be clear about when we can expect the roll out of such a system across the UK."