On Monday night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will present to Parliament the government’s plan to reopen England. The last step in the reopening is hoped to be launched on 21 June.
England is shut down and the people are ordered to stay at home.
The government is today presenting the plan for the way out.
– Today I present a road map to lead us carefully out of the lockdown. Our priority has always been to get children back to school, which we know is crucial to their education, as well as their mental and physical well-being, and we will also prioritize ways people can be reunited with their loved ones in a safe way, says the Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a press release.
The roadmap will take place in four steps. There will be at least five weeks between the stage, four weeks to obtain data on how the openings turn out, and one week to let the people know what will happen in the next stage, writes The Guardian.
The first step in the reopening is scheduled for March 8.
Then the schools will open.
The same goes for kindergartens and other childcare for parents who cannot look after their children themselves.
Students who need practical training or special facilities will also be allowed to return to the universities, while the others will have to settle for continued digital teaching.
People can have outdoor activities with those they live with, or one other person.
It also opens up for 30 attendees at funerals and six attendees at weddings.
SEE: At 8 p.m., Johnson will hold a press conference on the plans:
Part two of step one is scheduled to be introduced on March 29.
Then six people, or two households will be allowed to meet outdoors.
Outdoor sports facilities will open. The same will be organized sports activities for children and adults, which will be carried out according to infection control rules prepared for the individual sport.
Assessed along the way
The reopening plan is assessed along the way according to four criteria:
- That the vaccination program continues with success.
- That the vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalizations and deaths among those vaccinated.
- That the infection rates do not risk rising to a level that means that hospitalizations create unsustainable pressure on the health care system.
- That the risk assessments are not fundamentally changed by new worrying mutated viruses.
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Step 2 will start no earlier than April 12.
Non-essential stores will open.
The same goes for hairdressers and others who engage in personal care.
Pubs and restaurants will be open for dining outdoors and without obligation to eat, and there will be no curfew after a certain time.
People will be able to travel on overnight visits with restrictions.
Library and community center will open. The same goes for zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
However, people must continue to work from home if they can and limit domestic travel.
Step 3 starts no earlier than 17 May.
Then up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors, while there will still be a limit of two households, or six people indoors.
Pubs and restaurants will also be open for indoor dining.
Hotels and other remaining accommodations reopen.
Museums, cinemas and indoor playgrounds will reopen.
The government is also considering opening up for international travel.
Step 4 is a full reopening, and will start no earlier than June 21.
Then all statutory restrictions on social gatherings will be lifted.
All restrictions on weddings, funerals and the like are lifted.
VG’s commentator Astrid Meland believes Norway also needs a plan:
We need a plan for the reopening
May be further restrictions
The government makes a reservation that there may be restrictions in England even after 21 June.
“Some measures may be necessary even after all adults have been offered a vaccine, because neither coverage nor effectiveness of the vaccine will be 100 percent. As a result, a significant proportion of the population will remain vulnerable to infection, some of whom will also be vulnerable to serious illness and death “, the reopening plan states.
The government will therefore set up four working groups that will work to assess how England will handle covid-19 from the summer onwards.
The Prime Minister says the facilities will be introduced simultaneously throughout England, while in the past there have been regional differences in the measures.
Not the same across the UK
Authorities in Scotland and Wales are letting some of the youngest pupils start school again this week. In Northern Ireland, the youngest students will return on March 8, while the general closure has been extended to April 1, writes NTB.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the roadmap was intended to reopen the UK. The right thing is that there is a plan to reopen England. The self-governing authorities of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are managing their own reopens.