Elderly Brits could wear ribbons to show they are social distancing when lockdown measures are eased, according to a top government scientist.
Professor Calum Semple, who sits on Number 10’s SAGE panel, said it would signal to other people to stay away as life slowly gets back to normal.
It comes as Boris Johnson is set to cut the two-metre social distancing rule in half to kick-start the economy, which has been crippled by Covid-19.
Professor Semple, a specialist in child health and outbreak medicine at Liverpool Liverpool, acknowledged some Brits will still need to keep their distance.
In an interview with BBC 5 Live yesterday, he said: ‘I could see a position where we need as a society to respect social distancing greater in those that are elderly and more vulnerable, and potentially people might even conceive of wearing a ribbon or something on their lapel, or a badge, that just indicates that they would prefer that their social distance was respected.’
Countries including Singapore and Denmark already follow the official World Health Organization (WHO) guidance of one metre.
And England are due to follow from July 4 for open spaces like shops, restaurants, schools, offices, factories and parks.
Professor Semple also warned against travelling abroad this summer, despite the government introducing 14-day quarantine periods for incoming travellers.