HOW ARE WE EXITING LOCKDOWN?
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has made an announcement today about how we will be exiting the current COVID lockdown restrictions.
Step 1 – Part 1 – March 8th 2021
- All students return to schools and colleges, and school clubs can resume
- Secondary school students will be required to wear masks in class as well as communal areas
- People can meet one other person outside for recreation, not just exercise
- Care home residents allowed one regular named visitor
- Stay at home order remains in place
Step 1 – part 2 – march 29th 2021
- Outdoor gatherings of up to 6 people or 2 households allowed including meeting in private gardens
- Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools allowed to reopen; organised outdoor sports can resume
- Stay at home order ends but people encouraged to stay local wherever they can
- Work from home wherever possible
- No overseas travel
Step 2 – 12th April 2021
- Non-essential retail opens, including:
- Hairdressers and public buildings like libraries and museums
- Outdoor settings like alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos and theme parks
- Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms
- Self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering lets and camp sites
Step 3 – may 17th 2021
- Two households can mix indoors – with the rule of six applied in hospitality settings like pubs
- Cinemas, hotels, performances and sporting events reopen – though social distancing remains
- Up to 10,000 spectators can attend the very largest outdoor seated venues like football stadiums
- Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes
Step 4 – 21st june 2021
- We will potentially see all legal limits on social contact removed, with the final closed sectors of the economy reopened – such as nightclubs
- The government hopes that – from this date – restrictions on weddings and funerals will also be abolished
The four conditions That must be met in order for this plan to go ahead
- The coronavirus vaccine programme must continue to go to plan.
- Evidence must show that vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment.
- Infection rates must not risk a surge in hospital admissions.
- New variants of the virus must not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions.