Posted: 22.02.21 at 16:14 by The Editor
ALL legal restrictions on social contact may end by June 21 after Boris Johnson announced his road map out of lockdown this afternoon.
Under the new four-step plan to ease lockdown non-essential retail, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality will reopen on April 12 in England if strict conditions are met.
It requires four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants to be met at each stage.
Schools would reopen on Monday, March 8 and outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed from March 29 when grassroots sport will also be able to resume.
Johnson told MPs the plan aimed to be "cautious but irreversible" and at every stage decisions would be led by "data not dates".
The dates to look out for
March 8 - All schools will open with outdoor after-school sports and activities allowed.
Recreation in an outdoor public spaces - such as a park - will be allowed between two people, meaning they would be allowed to sit down for a coffee, drink or picnic.
March 29 - Outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed. It is understood this will include gatherings in private gardens.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children's sport, such as grassroots football, will also return.
Secondary school pupils will be required to wear face coverings in classrooms and shared spaces like corridors.
April 12 - Non-essential retail, hairdressers, nail salons, gyms and outdoor areas in hospitality venues (such as beer gardens) set to reopen - along with libraries, museums, zoos and theme parks.
Self-contained accommodation will reopen, but people will only be able to stay with members of their household.
May 17: Pubs, restaurants, cinemas, hotels, B&Bs and children's play areas set to open their doors once more, with fans allowed back into sporting events.
Most rules on social contact outdoors will be lifted, while mixing of different households will be allowed indoors. Up to 30 people will be allowed at weddings, funerals, wakes, receptions and christening