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Today the Prime Minister set out the Government’s Road Map Out of Lockdown
Each step out of the lockdown will be reliant on 4 tests:
- Vaccine deployment continues successfully
- The vaccine is effective in reducing hospital admissions and deaths
- There is no extra pressure on NHS
- The risk level is not changed by new variants or other concerns
- If data requires a delay, delay will happen.
On the 8th March:
- All schools and further education settings will return to face to face education, with twice weekly testing for secondary and college students
- Breakfast and after school clubs can re-open and other children’s activities like sport can re-open to help parents get back to work
- Students on university courses that require practical teaching, specialist facilities or on-site assessments can also return. All others will continue to learn online, and this will be reviewed by the end of Easter holidays
- You will be able to meet socially with one person outside, whether that is for a coffee on a bench or a picnic in a park, in addition to exercise. The clinically extremely vulnerable however, are advised to stay shielding till the end of March
- Care home residents will be able to nominate one named visitor, providing they are tested and wear PPE
- Some regulations will be amended for campaigning ahead of the local elections in May
On the 29th March, we will see further limited changes
- As schools go on holidays, the rule of 6 will return for public and private outdoor settings, and this includes the meeting of two separate households, so that families can meet whilst socially distanced.
- Outdoor sports like tennis, basketball courts, and open-air pools can re-open
- Formally organised sports will resume subject to guidance
- There will no longer be a legal requirement to stay at home
- Nevertheless, you should remain working from home where possible and continue to minimise travel
12th April at the earliest:
- Non-essential retail, including personal care like hairdressers and nail salons can re-open
- Indoor leisure, like Gyms, will re-open and so will holiday lets for individuals or household groups
- Pubs and restaurants can re-open as outdoor only, with no curfew or substantial meal requirement
- Zoos, theme parks, drive in cinemas, public libraries and community centres will also re-open
17th May at the earliest:
- Outdoor meetings lifted, subject to a limit of 30 people
- Friends and family can meet indoors subject to the rule of 6
- Pubs and restaurants can fully re-open offering indoor seating, as can cinemas and children’s play areas
- Hotels, hostels, BnBs, theatres and concert halls, abs sports stadia will also be able to fully re-open, subject to capacity limits
- The Government will also begin piloting larger events with enhanced testing
21st June at the earliest:
- The Government hopes to remove all legal limits on social contact
- This will include removing limits on large social events such as weddings and everything from and up to night clubs
- This will also enable large events such as theatre to re-open fully, using testing to limit infection
Financial support packages:
The Government will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect jobs and livelihoods and the Chancellor will set this out in more detail next week when he delivers the budget.
This marks the beginning of the end of a truly difficult year for us all, and I hope with the maintained resolve of our communities and the effective vaccine deployment, as a nation we will be able to meet every target.
As ever, if you have any specific questions, rather than replying on here, please drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve almost made it through this. Let’s keep up our efforts for this final hurdle.