The country could return largely to normal by June 21.
BORIS JOHNSON ANNOUNCES ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN – FULL STATEMENT
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed details of the long-awaited Government roadmap out of lockdown.
The roadmap outlines a gradual and phased return to what is hoped will be some sort of normality, though the Government has insisted that it will be data rather than date driven.
These are the details of what is contained in the roadmap.
From March 8 the process will begin to cautiously lift restrictions in England.
Each stage will be guided by data rather than dates the Government has said.
This means that the dates in the roadmap are ‘not before’ dates and could be subject to change if data suggests the direction of travel is not moving as quickly as the Government would like.
There will be a minimum of five weeks between each of the five steps.
This allows for four weeks for data to reflect changes, then seven days notice of the changes the Government is about to make.
Restrictions will be lifted nationally across England, uniformly at the same time. There will be no return to the regional tier system that was in operation before Christmas.
Anything the Government is thinking of doing will be subject to four tests.
Step one – part one
From March 8
All students can return to to schools and colleges and wraparound childcare – eg after school clubs, school sports can resume.
Also from this date two people will be able to meet in a public place for recreation or social purposes. Currently this is only allowed for exercise. The Government has stressed it is a maximum of two people.
Care home residents will be allowed one regular named visitor.
The Stay at Home order will remain in place.
Step one – part two
From March 29
Outdoor gatherings of either six people or a larger group from up to two households will be allowed.
This includes meetings in private gardens.
This is timed to coincide with the school Easter holidays.
Outdoor sports facilities – tennis and basketball courts – can reopen and people will be allowed to take part in ‘formally organised’ outdoor sports, both children and adults.
The Stay at Home order will end at this point and will move to messaging encouraging people to ‘stay local’ wherever they can.
People will still be asked to work from home wherever possible and no overseas travel will be allowed – other than special exemptions.
From April 12 at the earliest.
The following will be allowed to reopen
* Non-essential shops
* Personal care premises – hairdressers and nail salons
* Public buildings – libraries and museums
* Most outdoor attractions and settings can also reopen including hospitality, zoos and theme parks.
Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings. It has been stressed people would not be able to have indoor mixing between households.
That means that as far as hairdressers/libraries/museums go people can only go with members of their own household.
* Indoor leisure – gyms and swimming pools – will also reopen but only for people going on their own or with their own household.
* Hospitality reopening but for outdoors purposes only. For restaurants that is tables outside only, similarly pubs gardens only.
This will be in line with rules on social contact. So two households or rule of six when meeting friends in a beer garden.
There will be no going back to the need to order a substantial meal with alcohol – and no curfews either.
Boris Johnson said this meant an end to the scotch-egg debate over substantial meals.
The Government says this shows it wants to simplify things and and demonstrate it has listened to complaints and concerned.
Customers will, however, have to be seated when they order food or drink.
* Self contained accommodation – campsites and holiday lets where indoor facilities not shared with other households – can also reopen. People an stay in a a self-catering cottage but only with their own household.
* Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.
* Wedding receptions and commemorative events – the number rises from six to 15.
From May 17 at the earliest.
Easing limits on social contact more.
Most social contact rules will be lifted outdoors.
Two household/rule of six requirements will go at this point.
But gatherings of over 30 people in a park/garden etc will remain outlawed.
Indoor mixing will be allowed again.
Indoors, rule of six or a larger group from up to two households can meet indoors – but this will be kept under review to see if safe to go further.
Inside of pubs and restaurants open at this point along with entertainment such as cinemas, children’s play areas, accommodation (hotels and B&Bs) and indoor adult sports groups and exercise classes.
If meeting friends in a pub, it’s rule of six or two households. But those restrictions are removed if people are in the beer garden.
Performances/sporting events: Making some changes in Step 3. Larger performances and sporting events in indoor events with capacity of 1,000 or half full (whichever smaller) will be allowed.
Outdoors, capacity of 4,000 people allowed, or half full, again whichever is smaller.
Largest outdoor seated venues eg biggest football stadiums, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend – or a quarter full, whichever is lower. So 10,000 people can go to Wembley Stadium.
Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes as well as funerals and other life events permitted including Bar Mitzvahs and christenings.
From June 21 at the earliest.
There is hope that all of the legal limits on social contact can be removed and the Government hopes to reopen those final closed sectors of the economy, some of which did not open last summer – eg nightclubs.
The Government hopes to lift restrictions on large events and performances that applied in the previous step.
It also hopes to make a decision on whether all limits can be removed on weddings and other life events.
The Government is announcing four reviews.
They will deal with issues they say they are not in a position to settle today.
1. Whether Covid status certification could help to reopen the economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety.
The Government hopes to set out conclusions of that review before Step 4.
It will look at whether having had a vaccine or a test could permit people to do things more easily.
However it has stressed this is a complex area, which poses moral and ethical questions as well as practical ones.
2. Events research programme.
This will include pilots using testing and other measures to run events with larger crowd sizes and reduced social distancing. Pilots will start in April.
3. DFT will lead a successor to the Global Travel Task Force.
The ambition is to facilitate better inbound and outbound travel as soon as possible.
It will report on April 12 but can say with certainty that international travel will not resume before May 17 at the earliest.
4.Review of social distancing measures – in particular the 1m+ rule, face masks, working from home etc.
The intention is for that review to conclude ahead of getting to Step 4.
When can different households go on holiday together?
Household mixing indoors will be enabled from Step 3. Multiple households going on holiday is possible from step 3, May 17 at the earliest.
Some self contained domestic accommodation open from Step 2, April 12 at the earliest, but that is for one household only.
Will people be allowed to leave the local area from March 29?
Yes, despite guidance.
Overnight stay with friends/relatives?
This counts as indoor mixing – Step 3- no earlier than May 17.
Existing support bubbles remain in place.
When will working from home end?
This is one of the things the Government will be looking at in the social distancing review.
So broadly WFH where possible guidance remains until June 21 at least.
Can you bring your child to a coffee in the park with one friend from March 29?
No. 1+1 is the same as for exercise now – children are NOT exempt from the two-person limit.
Travel between England and Wales/Scotland etc?
No policy set out today but the governments of England and the devolved nations are said to be working together to make arrangements.
Summer outdoor festivals?
Work on that is taking place on the review around mass events and some of the piloting in different settings, plus the work on social distancing. That will come forward before Step 4.
Furlough and support for those shut until June?
The Chancellor will set out a lot more on this in the Budget next week however in the house today Boris Johnson vowed support packages would continue for the duration of the pandemic.
When can driving lessons resume?
Standing venues e.g. pub gigs?
Music venues that need no social distancing to operate are part of the move at step 4.
However, they can operate as an indoor entertainment venue in a Covid-secure way from Step 3.
Can an adult take their child to the park to meet socially with another child?
From 29 March under the guidance above (rule of 6 or two households).
When can people use public transport whenever they want?
Stay at home order will remain in place until March 29 and will then lift. You’ll be able to leave your house for non-essential reasons from then.
When can people hug? June 21?
You can mix with other households from May 17, but clearly safe behaviours are there. The broader social distancing rule is looking at what we need in place on that front ahead of Step 4 / June 21.
Will remain in place until May 17 at the earliest and global travel task force will look at how we adapt any of those arrangements to get the right balance.
Outdoor and indoor pools open at same time?
No. Outdoor sports venues open on March 29 – that includes swimming pools. Indoor pools April 12.
Will mask rules all end on June 21?
No, not necessarily, that is all down to the review on social distancing
When will university students be back on campus?
Practical students back from March 8, for higher education students that don’t need practical teaching or specialist facilities, government will be reviewing the options for timing of their return by the end of the Easter holidays.
Could the dates come forward if there’s a bigger than expected slump in cases?
No. The dates in the roadmap are at the earliest. There’s no suggestion they will be moved forward.
Businesses and the public need to be given notice of what’s happening.
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