Boris Johnson earlier this afternoon in the House of Commons unveiled detailed plans of his roadmap and timetable for unlocking England.
The Prime Minister emphasised that following the first step, all subsequent stages of his roadmap could and would be subject to delay if required to do so, and that the programme would be delivered via “data rather than dates”.
The rollout of the roadmap will see a minimum of five weeks between each stage, four weeks to collect and then analyse data, followed by one week for people and businesses to adjust and prepare for the next step.
The roadmap and timetable applies to England and will be implemented on a national basis. There will be no return to national or regional tiers.
The Prime Minister highlighted that England was working closely with all three devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
A review of when university students can resume attending classes will take place at the end of the Easter holidays.
Step 1 – 8 March
All pupils and college students return fully.
People can meet one other person outside.
Care home residents can receive one regular, named visitor.
Rule of Six Returns. Outdoor gatherings allowing for up to six people to meet.
Outdoor sport for children and adults will be allowed including outdoor swimming pools.
The ‘stay at home’ rule will come to an end, with people being encouraged to stay local. Staying local will be left to people to apply to their own discretion.
People will still be asked to work from home and not return to their workplaces where possible, international travel related to work remains within the current guidelines.
Step 2 – 12 April
HOSPITALITY – Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen for outdoor sales only. All diners and drinkers will need to be seated, with the need to have a meal with alcohol removed.
Reopening of non-essential retail, public buildings such as libraries and museums, hair and nail salons.
Zoos and theme parks can also reopen with social distancing rules.
Gyms and leisure centres can reopen but people will have to go in isolation or with members of their own household.
Reopening of holiday rental accommodation, limited to guests from one household only.
Funerals can have up to 30 mourners. Weddings allowed up to 15 participants in the ceremony.
Step 3 – 17 May
HOSPITALITY -Indoor venues such as the inside of pubs and restaurants, hotels and B&Bs, play centres, cinemas and group exercise classes will reopen. The new indoor and outdoor mixing limits will remain for pubs and other hospitality venues.
Socialising outdoors will resume with up to 30 people meeting in parks or gardens.
Indoor socialising also resumes for up to six people.
Sports venues can have up to 1,000 indoor spectators or half capacity, whichever is lower, with outdoors the limit increases to 4,000 people or half capacity, whichever is lower.
Football stadiums will have a limit of 10,000 people, or a quarter of capacity, whichever is lower. fewer.
Weddings and Christenings will be allowed up to 30 people to celebrate the occasions
Step 4 – 21 June
All Covid restrictions cease seeing nightclubs, casinos and large events restart to open.
International travel rules are set to be reviewed on May 17, and are subject to a Department for Transport review to facilitate inbound and outbound travel.
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