Boris Johnson reveals roadmap out of lockdown - The important dates you need to know
Boris Johnson has outlined the roadmap out of lockdown for England.
In his address to MPs in the Commons, Mr Johnson said the road map will “guide us cautiously but irreversibly towards reclaiming our freedoms”.
The roadmap consists of four parts, starting with the reopening of schools from March 8. It is hoped that all limits on social contact will be lifted from June 21.
However, the Prime Minister warned that the government has set four key tests which must be met before any more restrictions can be eased. The success of the vaccine rollout, vaccine efficacy, the presence of variants and infection rates will be measured before deciding whether to take the next step.
Here's what you can do and when.
From March 8:
- All children return to school.
- Picnics and coffee in public areas with one other person outside your household.
From March 29:
- Rule of six to return for outdoor meetings, including private gardens.
- Outdoor sports like tennis and football can resume.
- The stay at home order will end.
From April 12:
- Non-essential retail, hairdressers and nail salons will be allowed to open.
- Gyms will be allowed to reopen.
- Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve people outdoors.
- Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will be allowed to open.
- Self-contained holidays within the UK to be allowed.
From May 17:
- Most restrictions on outdoor socialising to be removed; no more rule of six.
- Gatherings of more than 30 will still be illegal.
- Indoor mixing to be allowed with rule of six or two households.
- Indoor hospitality can reopen with same restrictions.
- Sporting events can resume with spectators, though there will be restrictions.
- Weddings will be allowed with up to 30 people.
From June 21:
- All limits on social contact, such as rule of six, to be removed for both indoor and outdoor settings.
- Rest of society to reopen, such as nightclubs and other businesses which did not reopen following the first lockdown.