The Prime Minister has set out aims to ease lockdown subject to four tests and four reviews over the next four to five months.
All of the measures are subject to four tests ( below ) and a review after each step – there are five weeks between each step to give time to find out how well they work and a week to give the public notice of the next step.
He said in a statement to the commons:
“On 17 May 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.
The roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous easements. This assessment will be based on four tests which are that:
- The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
- Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
- Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.