England wants to relax the corona measures ‘carefully’. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has worked out a four-step plan for this.
With more than 120,000 dead, the United Kingdom has been hit hard by the corona crisis. A strict lockdown has been in effect since 5 January. But due to the rapid start of the vaccination campaign and a sharp decrease in the number of infections, Boris Johnson can think of easing.
Johnson has explained his plan in the House of Commons, he will give a press conference tonight around 8 pm. According to Johnson, his roadmap will relax the measures ‘gently but irreversibly’.
The reopening of the schools is the top priority. They have to reopen the doors from 8 March. Rest home residents may also receive one visitor from then on. From March 29, six people or two families would be allowed to go out together. Outdoor sports are then allowed again.
On April 12 – the second phase – hairdressers, non-essential shops and museums would be allowed to restart, as well as fitness centers, swimming pools and amusement parks. Cafés and restaurants are allowed to serve people outside.
The third phase will not start before May 17, according to Johnson. ‘Most restrictions will be lifted in the open air, with a restriction of thirty people. People are then allowed to enter restaurants and cafes. The cinemas, theaters and sports stadiums may also receive people. Up to thirty people are allowed to attend weddings, funerals and receptions.
The end of June
There are at least five weeks between each phase of the plan. In this way, its impact can be evaluated before the country moves to the next step. Easing will depend on a number of factors, such as infection rates, pressure on hospitals, the success of the vaccination campaign and the impact of new variants.
By June 21, all restrictions may be a thing of the past, Johnson said. That is the fourth step. “The end is really in sight,” Johnson concluded.
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