Boris Johnson will make an announcement on Monday April 5th.
He is expected to outline the next steps out of England’s lockdown – including topics such as international travel and Covid passports.
His briefing will take a week before a number of restrictions in the nation are lifted.
Unnecessary stores can reopen from April 12th. In his announcement on Monday, Mr Johnson is also expected to confirm whether pub beer gardens and hairdressers will also reopen that day.
Here’s everything we’d expect him to be treated in his Downing Street briefing, as originally reported in The mirror.
Boris Johnson will host a crunch meeting Monday morning to decide whether step two of England’s lockdown roadmap can be carried out.
Step two is planned for the opening of pub beer gardens, hairdressers, fitness studios and independent house holidays from April 12th at the earliest.
The prime minister had promised to give companies a week in advance of the reopening – which means that confirmation should come on Monday evening.
Triggering Step 2 as planned depends on four tests: infection rates, introduction of the vaccine, new variants, and hospitalizations and deaths.
The final decision will only be made hours before a public announcement on Monday after the latest scientific data has been reviewed.
Step two maintains the ban on indoor gatherings and the limit of six people or two households for outdoor gatherings. However, non-essential stores, personal care facilities, libraries, museums, gyms, swimming pools and spas will be reopened. Saunas and steam baths remain closed.
Outside areas of pubs, restaurants and cafes can be reopened, but only with table service. The punters must remain seated and only go in to use the toilet.
Independent vacation rentals in England can reopen but only for people traveling with their own household or their own bladder.
Foreign holidays are still prohibited, as are indoor gatherings or overnight stays with people who are not in your household or in your bladder.
Funerals can continue with up to 30 people. For wedding ceremonies and receptions, as well as memorial events, the number increases from 6 to 15. Driving lessons can be resumed and zoos and theme parks can be opened outdoors.
The Prime Minister is expected to announce an update on international travel for later this summer.
According to reports, he will unveil a three-tier traffic light system created by the government’s Global Travel Taskforce.
Travel to Great Britain from countries on the “Red List” would be prohibited, as this currently applies to 39 nations. The British return will be forced into hotel quarantine of £ 1,750.
A new “Amber” list would allow limited travel, but with testing and quarantine on return, and countries on the “green” list could be quarantined.
However, sources warn that the prime minister’s announcement may contain few details with which to actually plan your vacation.
It is generally expected that he will formulate general “high-level” policies without making a list of countries that are “on which light”.
And while the roadmap promises foreign holidays can’t begin May 17 at the earliest, a meaningful return to the beaches can take until July or August.
It is possible that the Monday update will be followed by a second update days later, as the task force is expected to report in full by April 12th.
Sources said a country’s vaccination rate would play “a big role” in its status as well as its level of “worrying variants”. The United States, the Maldives and Israel are among the nations warned of an early return.
Non-essential international travel is currently prohibited and punishable by a £ 5,000 fine. The Times reported that a trip to the UK is unlikely to reopen fully until 2022.
Helpers No. 10 are blocked in meetings before the Covid certification – also known as vaccine passports – is updated.
We know there will be a ‘passport’ system that will allow the British to visit countries abroad that require proof of a stab.
How they could be used in Britain, however, is much more delicate – and has sparked a bipartisan revolt.
The Prime Minister will talk about the future of so-called domestic certification, but it is still uncertain what it will look like.
There has been speculation that it could mean that you need to prove that you have been vaccinated, for example with the NHS Covid-19 app, to get into a pub.
But the prime minister has hinted it might be more vague. He said certification could either refer to a vaccine, or whether you had a recent test, or your antibody status – or a combination of the three.
“These three things that work together are going to be useful in my opinion,” he said. However, it remains unclear which events or venues this will apply to.
Previously, Boris Johnson focused on giving people rapid tests before a certain event, rather than checking their vaccination status.
But he “now wants vaccination cards to happen” and believes the debate is over, according to Spectator editor Fraser Nelson.
The proposals sparked an angry backlash from more than 70 MPs who vowed to oppose the “suppression” of a passport system.
Keir Starmer has also left the door open to fight a domestic system in parliament – which, when combined with Tory rebels, could wipe out the prime minister’s majority.
Shadow’s Secretary of Commerce Lucy Powell said some passport ideas go against “our British instincts and values”.
The Prime Minister’s update could simply talk about the first pilots of “certification” and sporting events starting in mid-April.
We know ministers want to use the certification to test large crowds at the FA Cup final at Wembley next month and at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield from mid-April. But even here it is not yet clear in what form this will take place.