The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is giving a statement in the house laying out some details on the roadmap to lockdown easing.
The Prime Minister said:
‘Today’s measures apply in England but we are talking to devolved administrations about rolling them out’
He said ‘we’re setting out a ‘one-way road to freedom, there is no way to achieve a zero-Covid country or world whenever lockdown is released, whether it is know or in six or nine months’ time. There will always be someone vulnerable to Covid.
‘Outdoor activity is the best way to release some of the measures in place now.’
Mr Johnson talked about the four necessary steps needed to ease out of lockdown, each step will be in place for at least five weeks between each step. Moving any faster would mean moving before we knew the outcome of each step.
The introduction of each step, he says, will depend on four “tests”.
They are: the success of the vaccine rollout, number of hospital admissions and deaths falling, the amount of pressure on the NHS and the impact of any variants.
Step One 8 March –
All schools will return to face-to-face teaching subject to twice-weekly testing for secondary school students.
People allowed to meet one person from outside their household for coffee on a bench or picnics.
From 29 March ‘Stay at Home’ will no longer be a legal requirement.
Non-essential retail, gyms, hair salons, holiday lets, pubs outdoors should reopen
“Most restrictions outdoors will be lifted, subject to a limit of 30 people. This is the point where you will be able to see your friends and family indoors subject to the meeting of two households.”
“We will also reopen pubs and restaurants indoors,” he says, along with cinemas, theatres, sports stadiums and some other venues.
Outdoors can meet up to 30
Can meet indoors subject to rule of six – theatres, B&Bs, football fans allowed in,
Remove all legal limits on social interaction including nightclubs
More detail soon…