Roadmap with 4 steps announced
The Prime Minister announced to Parliament on Monday 22nd February, the Government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. This involved a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England. Before taking each step, the Government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step against four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants to be met at each stage. The Government will also continue to support businesses throughout the steps set out in the roadmap, details of which will be set out by the Chancellor in the Budget on 3rd March. An overview of the steps are below: (For the full Government’s full announcement, please click here)
- Step 1, No earlier than 8th March – A return to face-to-face education in schools and colleges also, people can leave home for outdoor recreation. Further changes from 29th March with the end of the Stay-at-Home order.
- Step 2, No earlier than 12th April – Opening of non-essential retail and personal care, hospitality outdoors, indoor leisure (gyms) and self-contained holiday accommodation.
- Step 3, No earlier than 17th May – Opening of outdoor performances, indoor hospitality, entertainment venues, indoor adult group sports and exercise classes also, the rest of the accommodation sector. Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply indoors.
- Step 4, No earlier than 21st June – No legal limits on social contact or live events. Opening of the remaining closed settings.