Keir Starmer has said an inquiry into the Government’s handling of Covid-19 is inevitable as “flippant” Boris Johnson is set to ask people not to overdo it.
Downing Street has warned people not to “overdo it” when the coronavirus lockdown in England is eased this weekend.
Pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to welcome customers for the first time in more than three months on Saturday.
But after a serious of ministerial gaffes led to swamped beaches last week and fears England’s streets could be plunged into booze-fuelled chaos on Saturday, Downing Street had to urge people to restrain themselves.
Mr Johnson urged people to “enjoy summer sensibly” ahead of the easing of lockdown restrictions on Saturday.
The Prime Minister told LBC: “Tomorrow we come to step three of the plan that I set out on May 10, that everybody, I think, has understood, or huge numbers of people have understood and followed very carefully and very closely.
“And it’s because people stuck to that plan that we’re now able to carefully and cautiously open up hospitality tomorrow.
“And my message is really for people to enjoy summer sensibly and make sure that it all works.”
At a press conference Friday, the PM will warn “we are not out of the woods yet” when it comes to the virus.
It comes after the Treasury posted a tweet on its Twitter account which urged people to “grab a drink and raise a glass, pubs are reopening their doors from 4 July”.
But NHS professionals have called on people to be sensible when the facilities reopen tomorrow.
Mr Starmer said Mr Johnson’s government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis was inevitable.
“I think an inquiry is inevitable,” Mr Starmer told Sky News.
“There will be an inquiry in due course.”
“At the moment, I think it is important that we focus on the job in hand,” he said when asked why he was not calling for an immediate inquiry.
Asked about his assessment of the government’s handling, he
said: “Too slow, asleep at the wheel and they really need to up their game.”
On Johnson, he said the prime minister was good at rhetoric but poor at governing.
“He’s not led us through this crisis in the right way,”
He added. “He is good on the rhetoric but he is not good on governing.”
It came as medics begged people heading out on ‘super Saturday’ to be sensible as they brace for a surge in people wanting A&E services.
One nurse, Julie from Lincolnshire, begged people to remember the toll the last few months has taken on our lives, reports Lincolnshire Live.
She wrote: “Throughout the last three months I have witnessed things as a nurse I never want to see again,” she wrote on social media.
“The staff on the Respiratory and Critical Care wards at my place of work at DRI have seen things that will be with them forever.
“Covid-19 has taken its toll both physically and mentally and many of us are still coming to terms with losing much-missed colleagues whilst still fighting to save the general public.
“Like my colleagues across the NHS, I have no issues with people going to the beach, seeing their friends and loved ones, I’m all for it, it’s good for the soul and mental health provided they are not risking catching or spreading the virus and continue socially distancing from others.
“I myself have loved being able to see my best friend again and run in the peaks with other runners. A little bit of normality has been wonderful.
“But please, I absolutely beg you, don’t let the huge efforts of NHS staff, care and key workers be for nothing from Saturday onward