Light at the end of the tunnel, as Boris Johnson announces ‘Roadmap” out of Lockdown which could mean a return to normality in 118 days
Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the “roadmap” for easing restrictions in England and finally coming out of this long winter lockdown. The long-term aim is to lift all restrictions in 118 days on the 21st of June. This will ultimately happen in four stages.
In this handy guide, we pick the main points from each stage…
Stage one – part one
8th of March
All schools and colleges will reopen
University students can return for practical courses. There will be a review by the end of the Easter holidays for all other students.
Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include "a coffee on a bench"
One nominated person can visit care homes, but will need PPE, a lateral flow test and to "keep physical contact to a minimum"
Stage one – part two
29th of March
People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six", including in private gardens
The stay at home rule will end but people should stay local as much as possible
Outdoor sports facilities will reopen, including tennis and basketball courts
Parents and children groups can return but are capped at 15 and must be outdoors. Indoor groups can take place for vulnerable children and where parents need the groups to go to work.
No earlier than 12th of April
All shops allowed to open
Restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers sitting outdoors, including alcohol
Gyms and spas can reopen for individuals and households. Hairdressers, beauty salons and other "close contact services" can reopen. Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas can reopen. Libraries and community centres can reopen.
UK "staycations" away from home permitted, with self-contained accommodation able to reopen for use by members of the same household
No earlier than 17th of May
People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors. Six people or two households can meet indoors.
Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open. Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children's play areas can open
· Performances and large events will be subject to limits though. For indoor events they can be at half capacity or 1,000 people, and outdoors they can be at half capacity or 4,000 people - whichever is lower.
Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen to household groups.
International travel will resume no earlier than 17 May
Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can start up again
No earlier than 21st of June
All legal limits on social contact will be removed
No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events.
Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen
There will be four tests for easing restrictions and each stage will be 5 weeks apart to collect enough data before moving onto the next.