Boris Johnson will come up with a plan to ease England’s lockdown. Schools and outdoor activities come first for a return.
The Prime Minister will inform MPs that all students of all years in England will be able to return to the classroom from March 8th, including sports and outdoor activities after school.
Socializing in parks and public spaces with another person is also permitted within 14 days when the rules are relaxed so people can sit down for a drink or a picnic.
Another easing of restrictions will come on March 29, when the school’s Easter break begins – larger groups will be allowed to gather in parks and gardens.
The moves are the first step in a four-part plan that won’t be completed until the summer. It is estimated that there will be around five weeks between phases to assess the impact on the spread of the virus and prepare companies for their next move.
The “rule of six” will return during the Easter holidays, along with new measures that allow two households with a total of more than six people to meet – which gives families and friends more flexibility.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts are also reopening. Organized sports for adults and children, including grassroots football, can resume from March 29th.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said that from March 29, people could also travel to see friends and family from another household “as long as it is outside and there are two families or the rule of six”.
Details of the next three stages are provided on the roadmap, but Mr Zahawi stated that, as with previous locks, indoor activities will be among the last to resume.
He said, “Right now the focus is very much on persistence as it goes.
“Outdoor versus indoor, primarily children in schools. The second priority is obviously to have two people meet outside for coffee on March 8th to resolve some loneliness-related issues and of course mental health as well.
“And then on the 29th, two families or a rule of six come together and there are also outdoor sports.”
The plan for England comes as schools in Wales and Scotland began their gradual return.
England’s students will be returning en masse on March 8, despite unions warning that it may be “ruthless” not to postpone resumption of face-to-face classes.
Progress on the next steps out of the lockdown will depend on four tests being performed: the success of the vaccine introduction, demonstrating the vaccine’s effectiveness, evaluating new variants, and lowering infection rates below a level that the NHS does not sustain Could put pressure.
However, Number 10 insisted that the “stay at home” message would remain despite some restrictions being relaxed.
The changes will apply across England and not on a regional basis.
A five-week break from March 8th would mean the next phase of the program could begin as early as April 12th if the tests are passed.
Speculation at this stage has centered on the non-essential opening of retail stores, with the possibility of pubs and restaurants being able to serve outside.
But activities like movie theaters and theaters will likely have to wait longer, and like previous lockdowns, mixing in other people’s homes will likely be even later.
Mr Johnson stressed the need to “cautiously” relax restrictions and said the government would make decisions based on the latest data at every step.
Prior to addressing Commons, Mr. Johnson said, “Our priority has always been to get back to school children who we know are vital to their education, mental and physical well-being, and we will Prioritizing opportunities for reuniting people with loved ones for sure.
“Our decisions are based on the latest data at every step, and we will be careful with this approach so that we do not see the progress made so far and the sacrifices each and every one of you has made to keep yourself and yourself undo others for sure. “
But now that one in three adults in the UK has received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, Mr Johnson is under pressure from some Tory MPs to simplify action faster.
Conservative Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of Lockdown Skeptics, said Sunday that any legal restrictions put in place in response to the pandemic should be lifted by the end of April.
Scientists have urged caution, however, and leading epidemiologist Professor John Edmunds warned that easing the lockdown must be gradual to prevent spikes in hospital admissions and deaths.
Mr Johnson chaired a virtual session of his cabinet on Monday morning to discuss the plan and will then give the details to Parliament that afternoon.
He is expected to host a press conference on Downing Street on Monday at 7 p.m. along with key advisors.