April 29, 2020 / 5:25 PM / a month ago

UK to be 'extremely careful' in relaxing rules on outdoor activities

An artist is seen doing graffiti in support of the NHS and key workers at the Marske Cricket Club, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Marske-by-the-Sea, Britain, April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will think very carefully about relaxing lockdown rules regarding open-air activities, despite evidence that transmission of the coronavirus is less likely outdoors, England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said.

“At various different points (the activities) might involve a congregation of individuals and one has to be very painstaking and very careful about thinking through some of these before we make the wrong move to relax measures,” he told a news conference on Wednesday.

“We have to be extremely sure-footed and extremely painstaking about this. This virus will absolutely come back.”

Reporting by Paul Sandle and David Milliken; editing by Stephen Addison

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