Boris Johnson wAhead of this afternoon’s statement in the House of Commons, the Government has revealed some of the details as well as the criteria that lockdown easing will rely on

There are four stages taking the country to a point in July where things should be getting back to normal

The first stage takes us up to the end of March

As expected there will be a return for school pupils from the 8th March along with a slight easing of rules for individuals meeting outside with two individuals allowed to meet for a coffee, chat or picnic

From 29 March, larger groups will be able to meet outside – including in private gardens – up to a maximum of six people or two households.

Tennis courts, golf courses and other outdoor sport facilities will also reopen on 29 March, which is the first Monday of most schools’ Easter holidays.

The next stage is expected to kick in from 12 April as lockdown ended in five-week intervals potentially stretching into June

The four conditions that must be met at each phase of lockdown easing are that the coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan, that evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment, infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions and that new variants of the virus do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions

The Government have also signalled that regional tiered system will come to an end.

“Due to the current, relatively uniform spread of the virus across the country, restrictions will be eased step-by-step across the whole of England at the same time,”



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