On Monday night, PM Boris Johnson addressed the nation to announce a roadmap for the easing of lockdown. The PM presented a staggered plan for easing lockdown restrictions to take place over several months.
The new rules are set to be lifted in stages and four conditions must be met at each stage. The four conditions are:
- Vaccine programme continues to go to plan.
- Evidence shows vaccines are reducing deaths and numbers requiring hospital treatment.
- Infection rates do not risk surge in hospital admissions.
- New variants do not change the risk of lifting restrictions.
What are the stages?
Stage 1 (Part 1) From March 8th:
- All children return to school.
- Outdoor mixing in public areas with one other person outside your household.
Stage 1 (Part 2) From March 29th:
- Groups of six from two households allowed to meet outdoors.
- Outdoor sports can resume.
- People will no longer be legally required to stay at home. However, it's advised that you should work from home and refrain from using public transport if you can.
Stage 2 From April 12st:
- Non-essential retail, hairdressers, gyms, zoos and nail salons will be allowed to open.
- Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to open outdoors.
Stage 3 From May 17th:
- People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
- Six people or two households can meet indoors
- Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors.
- Indoor entertainment such as theatres, museums, cinemas and children play areas can open.
Stage 4 From 21st June earliest
- All legal limits on social contact will hopefully be removed
- Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen
To find out more about the new changes, visit the official government website here.
What will the change be for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unravelled the details of Scotland's path out of lockdown:
- Stay at home rules could be lifted front the 5th April
From the 26th of April, Scotland will return to a levels system of restrictions, with a move down to Level 3 for most areas. Find out more here.
Northern Ireland and Wales will outline their plans in the coming weeks.
How can Trusted PPE help?
As the news breaks, many of us will be feeling a big relief as we all now have something to work towards and look forward to. Whilst this news is fantastic, we should continue to be vigilant in social distancing, mask-wearing and regular sanitising to help keep the virus at bay. So let's all pull together, to do our bit, to help stop the spread once and for all.
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