The third lockdown with extensive exit and contact restrictions has been in effect in England since January 5th. Great Britain is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic in Europe. But now there are signs of a foreseeable easing of the situation, at least for most of England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to present a plan for the end of the corona lockdown there on Monday.
He announced in advance a “cautious but irrevocable” exit. The British Guardian has now published details from the paper.
The first central date is 8th of March:
Then everyone should schools open again in England, despite some serious concerns from teachers’ unions. The phase up to the beginning of the next school holidays on March 29 should then be closely monitored.
From the March 29 then applies:
From April could then also in a second phase businesses open away from immediate daily needs. According to the Guardian, however, the developments in phase one would first have to be evaluated. Also Restaurants and bars could then entertain their guests again – even if only outdoors.
For May then, assuming a positive outcome, be the resumption of Sports and music events conceivable. The same goes for visiting the Interiors of bars and eateries.
The paper does not contain a schedule for moving away from home office and resuming international travel.
Since health is the responsibility of the regional governments, Johnson can only decide for the largest part of England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland determine their corona measures independently. However, it is expected that these parts of the country will announce similar steps soon.
The recent lockdown was in response to a dramatic increase in the number of infections attributed to the spread of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus. Since then, the number of new infections has fallen sharply. As a result, calls for the restrictions to be relaxed in March have recently become louder.
The UK economy suffers severely from the effects of the virus
That would also be desirable from an economic perspective. Because the British economic output fell by 9.9 percent in 2020 as a result of the corona pandemic compared to the previous year. The figures from the ONS statistics office recently showed a record decline in gross domestic product. According to the data, a comparable slump was last seen in 1709, when Great Britain suffered from the consequences of the so-called millennium.
The government relies on mass vaccinations and had started them much earlier than other western industrial nations. To date, more than 17 million residents across the country have received an initial dose. All 66 million Britons, according to the government’s plan, should have received their first dose by the end of July 2021.
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