– We are now embarking on a one-way journey to freedom, the Prime Minister of England Boris Johnson begins at the press conference on Monday night.
He expresses optimism about the development in the vaccination, and how this will be able to help create a more normal everyday life towards the summer.
At the same time, the Prime Minister is clear that one must be realistic, and know that even with a vaccine, there will be more infections, more hospital admissions and therefore also more deaths – just as has also been seen with the flu.
– If we look at today’s data, we are in two weeks – Monday, March 8, the first phase in opening up the country began, he says at the press conference.
Schools open first
Then the country’s schools will be opened in the first instance.
– This is because research shows that the school is safe and that the risk of serious illness for young students is very small.
Johnson says, however, that the oldest students are encouraged to wear a face mask throughout the semester.
– Our priority has always been to get the children back to school, which we know is crucial for education and for their mental and physical well-being, says the Prime Minister.
Johnson will explain the plans in parliament on Monday afternoon, and will inform the press at a press conference at 20.
According to the Prime Minister, the roadmap consists of four phases, and the plan is for the country to be almost completely open again until 21 June.
May meet outdoors
The teachers’ unions are negative about all students returning on the same day, but the reopening on March 8 is supported by the opposition.
Opinion polls show that the vast majority of the English population supports the strict coronary restrictions. You have
– We all want this to be the last shutdown, so we have to do this gradually, so we do not end up where we started in just a few weeks or months, says Labor leader Keir Starmer.
On March 8, residents of old people’s homes and nursing homes can also have one friend or relative visit indoors, and it is expected that others will be allowed to meet one person outdoors, writes Sky News.
The relief comes almost a year after Johnson first told residents to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Broad sports for Easter
Three weeks after the schools open – the first Monday of the schools’ Easter holidays – up to six people or two households can meet outdoors. Then tennis courts, golf courses and other outdoor sports facilities also open. At the same time, children’s and grassroots sports can start again.
Those who want to watch sports, such as top matches in football, on the other hand, have to be patient for a while longer. The same goes for the country’s trade stand and pub hosts, who are not allowed to open as normal yet.
The Prime Minister says the facilities will be introduced simultaneously throughout England, while in the past there have been regional differences in the measures. He also says that further progress in the reopening will, among other things, depend on the development of the various virus variants.
On April 12, gyms, beauty salons, hair salons and outdoor dining for restaurants and non-essential stores may reopen.
Pubs open May 17
On Norway’s national day, 17 May, the British can take a long – awaited pint at the local pub. Then pubs, restaurants, cinemas, hotels and playgrounds for children will reopen. It will also be legal with the audience at football matches, if everything goes according to plan.
On 21 June, all restrictions on social contact will be lifted, and the rest of the British economy will be opened.
At the press conference, Johnson emphasized that the reopening will be governed by data, not by dates, and that several parts of the reopening plan may thus change.
The UK has been hit hard by the pandemic, with over 120,000 deaths. The number of cases of infection is declining, and early results indicate that the vaccine reduces the number of serious cases of the disease.
Over 17 million people – a third of all adult Britons – have received the first dose of the vaccine. The government’s goal is for everyone over 50 to have been offered a vaccine by mid-April. By the end of July, all adults must have received the offer.
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