The roadmap out of the lockdown will officially begin on Monday, with desperate parents collectively breathing a sigh of relief.
With the vaccination program in full swing and cases generally falling, the government announced last week its plan to begin a cautious return to some sort of normalcy.
Starting with the schools reopening, multiple phases will be rolled out over five-week periods to allow the impact of each easing phase to be assessed in terms of spikes in coronavirus cases, hospital admissions and deaths.
If all goes well, nightclubs will even be allowed to open from June 21st, which signals a return to the status quo.
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The priority was getting the kids back to school and that is exactly what will happen on Monday.
Here is everything you need to know about the first phase and exactly what will happen on Monday.
The schools open again
There is still uncertainty about how exactly this will happen.
All elementary schools will be returning at once, but it seems that at least one high school is shaking the return of students, giving priority to those with exams this year.
Face covering is recommended in class for both secondary school students and parents and primary school staff
Circumferential child care, such as B. Breakfast clubs and after-school care can also return for vulnerable students and wherever parents or caregivers are needed for work, self-help groups or looking for medical care
Students can return for hands-on courses. There will be a review for all other students by the end of the Easter break.
In contrast to the first ban, where you couldn’t meet anyone from outside your household, this third ban at least allowed people from another household to meet to do sports.
From Monday there will be another concession with two people from different households who can meet outside to relax. This includes “a coffee on a bench”.
So far, the police have taken people and even fined them for hanging around instead of running or running.
One of the most heartbreaking aspects of this pandemic has been the isolation of care home residents from their loved ones.
With all the great work done by the staff who look after them, nothing can replace family contact.
But starting Monday, a nominated person can visit nursing homes and hold the hand of their loved one.
However, the visitor will need a PPE, a cross-flow test and “keep physical contact to a minimum”.
The next stage will be on March 29th, when the stay at home rule ends, though the government will urge people to stay on-site as much as possible.
People are allowed to meet outside, either with another household or within the “rule of six”, even in private gardens
There will also be a relaxation of sports activities.
From April 12th, individual and household gyms and spas will reopen and UK public holidays away from home will be allowed.
Children are also allowed to participate in indoor play activities while zoos, theme parks, and drive-in theaters reopen.
From May 17th, people can meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 people
Six people or two households can also meet inside, while you can finally relax in pubs, restaurants and other eateries.
Indoor entertainment such as museums, theaters, cinemas and children’s playgrounds will also open.
What is needed for this?
All of these dates could be postponed if there are any setbacks in terms of increased cases or increased hospital admissions and deaths.
In each phase, four conditions must be met before proceeding to the next:
- The coronavirus vaccination program is still going according to plan
- Vaccines sufficiently reduce the number of people who die from the virus or who require hospital treatment
- Infection rates do not risk an increase in hospital admissions
- New coronavirus variants do not fundamentally change the risk of waiver restrictions