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Roadmap out of the lockdown in EnglandRoadmap out of the lockdown in England

Following an announcement by the Prime Minister, the Government has published a roadmap out of lockdown for Spring 2021 in England. Press release.

The roadmap is available here:

COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Key points include:

  • The Prime Minister has confirmed a 'stretching target' to offer a first vaccine dose to every adult by the end of July.
  • Progression of the release from lockdown will depend on: the progress of the vaccination programme, the evidence that vaccines are reducing hospitalisations and deaths, the infection rate and the risks associated with new variants.
  • The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable will be advised to shield at least until the end of March.

As a broad outline (see the above document for details) the stages of lockdown release are as follows, there will be at least five weeks between each step:

  • Step one - from 8 March pupils and students in all schools and further education will return to face to face teaching. People will be able to meet outside one to one socially. Every care home resident will be able to nominate a named visitor.
  • On 29 March it will be possible to meet in groups of six or in groups of two households outdoors.
  • Step two - no earlier than 12 April - non-essential retail shops will reopen as will hairdressers, nail salons and other personal care facilities. Leisure facilities and holiday lets will be available for individuals or houshold groups. Outdoor dining and pubs will be able to reopen as will zoos, public libraries and some other venues.
  • Step three - no earlier than 17 May - meeting friends and family indoors and the opening of indoor hospitality venues may be possible.
  • Step four - no earlier than 21 June - with appropriate mitigations, all legal limits on social contact will be removed.

Further reviews will be undertaken on: how long social distancing measures and face coverings need to be maintained and how long people should work from home; when international travel can resume; the safety of holding major events; and the potential of Covid-status certification.

The 3 March budget is expected to set out further detail on economic support for individuals and businesses.

A JCVI announcement is expected regarding who will be prioritised for vaccination during Phase 2 of the vaccination programme (i.e. from mid-April onwards for those under 50s who are not deemed clinically vulnerable).

The lockdown guidance has been updated to outline changes from 8 March.

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