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PremierLeague-News.Com - After setting out his plan to end the lockdown, Prime Minister insists 'we will not go back'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted the nation "will not go back" to lockdown, after setting out his plan to lift restrictions. He said: "We are now travelling on a one-way road to freedom. And we can begin safely to restart our lives and do it with confidence." But he also warned that the vaccines would not be "100% effective" - and the country had to be "realistic" and accept that ending the lockdown would lead to more infections and more deaths. Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson said: "We cannot persist indefinitely with restrictions that have separated families and loved ones for too long, threatened the livelihoods of millions, kept pupils out of school." "Thanks to the vaccinations, there is light ahead, leading us to a spring and a summer which I think will be seasons of hope, looking and feeling incomparably better for us all, and from which we will not go back." He also insisted it was safe for children to return to school on March 8, and said secondary school children would be told to wear facemasks, and tested for coronavirus twice a week.. "All the evidence shows that schools are safe and the risk posed by Covid to children is vanishingly small." Mr Johnson was speaking after the publication of his "roadmap" plan for ending the lockdown, which has four stages. Get email updates with the latest Politics news The Politics newsletter goes out twice a week and has a selection of our most popular articles, reporting on the latest headlines from the council, parliament ,the latest building developments, transport plans and more. We have you covered. It is delivered free of charge direct to your email inbox twice a week, giving you all the news you need from across the region at your fingertips. How do I sign up? First just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre. Once you're there, put your email address where it says at the top, then tick the Weekly Politics Email updates box. There are other newsletters available if you want them as well. When you've made your choice, hit Save Changes button at the bottom. Step 1 - March 8 Step one actually has two parts. On March 8 , every school will re-open. Also, after-school sports and activities will restart. Secondary school pupils will be required to wear face masks. More details of this will be published soon. People will be allowed to socialise in a public space, such as a park, with one other person. This means they can sit down for a coffee, drink or picnic (at the moment, you can meet with one other person for exercise but not to sit down). Care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor. The current "stay at home order" will remain in place. From March 29 , outdoor gatherings of up to six people - or a larger number of people if they only come from two households - will be allowed. That includes in private gardens. This is designed to come in during the Easter holidays, allowing people to meet in the holidays. Outdoor sporting venues (such as tennis clubs) will be opened and people can take place in outdoor sports. The stay at home order will end, but the advice will be to "stay local" rather than travelling long distances.
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Step 2 - no earlier than 12 April Re-opening will take place of non-essential shops, personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons, as well as public public buildings such as museums. Outdoor venues will re-open such as hospitality venues, zoos and theme parks. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools will re-open. However, social contact rules will continue, so you should only visit these facilities with members of your own household. Hospitality venues will open for outdoor customers only. It means restaurants and pubs can only serve people outdoors. Social mixing rules continue - you can only go to these outdoor venues in groups of six, or larger groups with just two households. This time, there will be no rule that you must have a meal in order to buy a drink. And there will be no 10pm curfew. But you must be seated when you order anything. You can stay in a self-catering cottage. Events such as weddings, wakes and funerals can be held with allowed with 15 people (up from 6 now) .
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Step 3 - no earlier than 17 May Most social contact rules will end outdoors. This means for example that you won't be limited to six people outdoors, or more than six from two different households. A maximum of 30 people will be allowed at any outdoor gathering, eg in a park or garden. Mixing of different households will allowed indoors again for the first time. Rule of six/two household rule applies indoors. Indoor hospitality will be allowed. Eg, pubs can open indoors. So can cinemas. Hotels, B&Bs, and indoor exercise classes can re-open.
Entertainment and sporting venues such as football clubs and concert halls will be allowed to re-open for the public, but with limits on the numbers of spectators allowed. Indoors, the limit will be 1,000 people or the venue half full, whichever is lower. Outdoors in most venues the limit will be 4,000 people allowed or half full, whichever is lower. In the biggest venues, eg major football clubs up to 10,000 people or a quarter full, whichever is lower. Up to 30 people allowed to attend weddings, receptions, wakes, funerals. Bar mitvahs and christenings will be allowed.
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Step 4 -no earlier than June 21 Government hopes to re-open those final closed sectors of the economy including night clubs. It hopes to end restrictions on live events and performances, and possibly to end all restrictions on weddings.
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