Residents of nursing homes in England may again receive regular visits from a person, according to British media. According to British media, visitors are also allowed to hold the hand of residents, provided protective PPE gloves are worn. Hugs and kisses are prohibited for the time being.
The minister responsible for the vaccination program, Nadhim Zahawi. said schools will reopen on March 8 and more people will be allowed to congregate outside: six people or two households. Three weeks later, it is expected that outdoor sports will be possible again, including football and tennis. The government is also likely to widen freedom of movement and allow people to travel out of their district or region, but not yet stay overnight elsewhere.
All companies classified as ‘non-essential’ could be reopened in April. In May, the pubs and restaurants that could reopen their doors under conditions relating to the number of customers will follow. Easter falls on April 4 this year, and the first week of that month might also reopen large hotels and holiday centers.
At every step to the next phase of the relaxation, authorities will review the state of the coronavirus threat. They do not specifically look at whether the number of infections increases or decreases, but whether the infections lead to many more hospital admissions. The government anticipates that the vigorous vaccination campaign will help ensure that an increasing number of diagnosed infections does not automatically lead to many more hospital admissions.
17.5 million people
More than 17.5 million people have already been vaccinated against Covid-19 in about two months. Health Minister Matt Hancock aims to have everyone over 50 vaccinated by mid-April and all adults vaccinated by the end of July. July is expected to be the fifth or final phase of Johnson’s roadmap.
Many entrepreneurs and members of parliament criticize the slowness of the easing that would come too late for the economy. Many of Johnson’s Conservative party members in the House of Commons are also increasingly urging the prime minister to help the economy move forward. The gross domestic product is estimated to have shrunk by 12 percent in 2020. The social and psychological consequences of the corona measures also appear to be much worse than the disease, according to a number of MPs.
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