Prime Minister outlines his roadmap out of lockdown

 Prime Minister outlines his roadmap out of lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today to unveiled an ultra-cautious ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown.

He set out a plan in the House of Commons which could see all restrictions being lifted on June 21

The PM made said he believes the road is one way: Tiers are gone – everything will be lifted across England at the same time.

Johnson said “we will ease restrictions in all areas at the same time”.

The Prime Minister stressed that each stage of his four-part plan will be driven by “data” rather than “dates”.

The introduction of each step, he says, will depend on four “tests”.

They are:

  1. the success of the vaccine rollout
  2. the number of hospital admissions and deaths falling
  3. the amount of pressure on the NHS
  4. the impact of any variants.

As part of the first step of the plan for easing lockdown in England:

  • From March 8 – All schools will open with outdoor after-school sports and activities allowed. Recreation in an outdoor public spaces – such as a park – will be allowed between two people, meaning they would be allowed to sit down for a coffee, drink or picnic
  • From March 29- Outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed. It is understood this will include gatherings in private gardens. Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children’s sport, such as grassroots football, will also return

Secondary school pupils will be required to wear face coverings in classrooms and shared spaces like corridors.

The second step is as follows and begins on April 12…

  • Non-essential retail will open along with hairdressers and public buildings like libraries and museums
  • Outdoor settings like alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos and theme parks will again be allowed to open their doors
  • Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering lets and camp sites

But wider social contact rules will continue to apply in all settings which means there will be no indoor mixing between different households will be allowed.

Mr Johnson confirmed today that hospitality curfews will end, meaning the requirement to eat a substantial meal alongside alcohol will not be reintroduced.

Funerals will continue with up to 30 people, and weddings will be allowed to take place with up to 15 guests.

The third step will come from May 17 – if the data allows…

  • The ‘rule of six’ will be abolished for outdoor gatherings, replaced with a limit of 30 people:
  • Two households can mix indoors – with the rule of six applied in hospitality settings like pubs
  • Cinemas, hotels, performances and sporting events reopen – though social distancing remains
  • Up to 10,000 spectators can attend the very largest outdoor seated venues like football stadiums
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes.

The fourth step from June 21 will potentially see all legal limits on social contact removed, with the final closed sectors of the economy reopened – such as nightclubs.

The government hopes that – from this date – restrictions on weddings and funerals will also be abolished.

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