UK plan to return to normality


Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled a four-stage plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown in England.

It will be done in phases but all will be conditional on the state of the pandemic in the country.

Among the measures he announced are:

All schools and colleges in England will reopen, while all childcare can resume.

Care home residents will be allowed one named visitor.

29 March

• Up to six people from different households or a larger group from two households can meet outside, including in private gardens

• Outdoor sports facilities can reopen and organised outdoor sports can take place for children and adults

Government will drop “Stay at home” message.

People will still have to work from home where possible and no overseas travel, apart from necessary work, will be allowed.

Step Two: 12 April. The biggest shift.

Non-essential retail, including hairdressers and beauty salons, can reopen

• Libraries, museums, zoos, theme parks and gyms can open – but no indoor mixing of different households allowed

• Outdoor hospitality can reopen, including pubs and restaurants – with the rule of six or a larger group from two households

Step Three: 17 May

Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted, but gatherings of more than 30 will be illegal.

Pubs, restaurants, theatres can reopen.

Outdoor sports maximum of 4,000 spectators.

Weddings, funerals and christenings maximum of 30 people.

Restrictions on international travel under review.

Step Four: 21 June

All legal limits on social distancing to removed.

Restrictions of weddings could be removed.


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