Wales’ assistant chief physician said he would be “very surprised” if all restrictions in Wales were made by May 21 June would be relaxed

Dr Chris Jones spoke after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said spring and summer changes will be made to make life in England “incomparably better” when he came up with a plan to fully relax the lockdown by that date

But the Welsh doctor said it was “absolutely impossible” to set a date for the restrictions to end and warned it would be a long time before people in nightclubs could do things like free mixing

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales on Tuesday, he said: “I would be very surprised if (this date) were the case I think it will be a considerable amount of time before we mix freely in nightclubs or without some form of social distancing or protection

“I would be very surprised if we could do that, but it would be wonderful if it were possible

“We still have to limit our activities as this virus is still living on a face-to-face basis and it will be for many months to come”

All four British nations are currently subject to lockdown restrictions to further contain the spread of the coronavirus However, there are different views on getting out of the lock

First Minister Mark Drakeford has indicated that the non-essential shops and hairdressers in Wales will be closed from the 15th May reopen gradually.In England, the date shown is no earlier than March 12th April The big differences in every nation are here

There are also different approaches to reopening schools, and Dr Jones said it was “impossible” to give an exact date for all restrictions to end

He added, “We have seen during the pandemic that it is constantly evolving and we are constantly learning

“In my view, it is absolutely impossible to say that this will be the case at any given time in several months’ time. We have to take things as we find them and take them one step at a time

Concerns about reports that people posted on social media on Jan. Planning a big June evening after Boris Johnson announced the date on Monday night, he said, “Communicating with the public has always been very important

“Sending the message that everything will be back to normal in a few months is almost too frank

“It’s a risky message, and we still need people to stick to the rules because we know this pandemic can easily get out of hand again

“We are not out of the woods yet. This is a critical time and there is a risk of relaxing restraints”

And he also warned that the “real risk” of a third wave is that restrictions are lifted too quickly and too soon

Dr Jones, who advises the Welsh Government on a scientific perspective, added: “We’re all delighted to be talking about easing restrictions, but we’ve never been in this position and there are likely greater risks as we are now easing restrictions, than there was during the pandemic due to the new, more transferable variant

“Our advice to ministers has been a smooth, gentle, gradual approach that we hope will not delay us at all in the end, but rather give us a more stable path based on evidence of the effects of our changes”

He said there would be a risk with opening restrictions

All schools in England are scheduled to start on Aug. Reopening March, but all children are not expected to be released until after the Easter break on March 12th at the earliest Return to Welsh Schools April

Dr Jones said, “Opening schools all at once is a major change because we know that when schools are open, there is a great deal of opportunity for families to mix in different environments

“The opening of schools definitely has an impact on the R-rate, and how this will work in reality with the new, more transmissible form of the virus is to some extent uncertain”

He said, “I think the suggestion that we are on a path to freedom may be a hostage to happiness

“We know that with each phase of unlocking, there is a higher risk There is a risk that in some cases we will see a further rise to the top as we approach each stage, it is possible that we will have to take a break and not make the kind of progress we would otherwise want “

The prime minister defended his “cautious but also irreversible” approach to easing restrictions on Monday with a four-step plan, arguing that he would not be “buccaneering” people’s lives

Despite billing his plans as a “one-way street to freedom”, he admitted that he cannot guarantee that the vaccination program will prevent restrictions from ever returning

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Source: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/coronavirus-wales-restrictions-lockdown-medical-19894175