North East UK news Boris Johnson sets out roadmap out of lockdown in Commons statement PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - It's official - here are the Government's plans for ending lockdown, as set out by Boris Johnson in Parliament
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Prime Minister Boris Johnson today published a 66-page roadmap setting out plans for ending the lockdown. He presented it to the House of Commons, saying it included steps towards "reclaiming our freedoms while doing all we can to protect our people against Covid". Highlights in the roadmap include plans to re-open schools from March 8. Hairdressers could re-open from April 12, and you may also be allowed to meet friends at pubs or restaurants from April 12, but only if you sit outdoors. Football clubs could allow fans back into stadiums from May 17. The dates are not certain, because the Government will review data such as death rates and infection rates at every stage - and will delay ending restrictions if there are signs that the virus is spreading. Mr Johnson also announced that the Government will hold a review into whether people should be given documents showing they have been tested for Covid, or showing that they have been vaccinated. It means people could be issued with vaccination "passports", which is likely to be highly controversial. There will be four steps to ending the lockdown. The first step begins on March 8, with further restrictions ending on March 29. The Government hopes to have a five-week gap between stages. But it also says it will delay steps, if there is concern the virus is spreading. 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. Read More Related Articles The North East postcodes where coronavirus rates are above the national average Read More Related Articles Covid vaccine joy as both jabs used in UK are shown to reduce hospital admissions, study finds 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. And people will be asked to work from home when possible. You still won't be allowed to travel overseas. 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.
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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.
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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. 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. A number of reviews will also take place. They are: A review on whether "covid status certification" could help to re-open the economy. The Government will complete this before getting to stage 4. It will consider whether there should be passports allowing people to show they have tested negative for Covid, or have been vaccinated. A review of whether it is safe to allow more people to attend events. Department for Transport to look at more ways to allow people to travel into or out of the UK, to report by April 12. But we know international travel won't resume before May 17 at the earliest A review of social distancing measures such as face masks and working from home. This will conclude ahead of getting to step 4. How the dates will be decided The dates for steps two to four are "not before" dates, and are subject to change if the data shows that delays are needed. There is a minimum of five weeks between each step. Four weeks to see the impact of the step taken previously, plus one week's notice of the changes. These four tests must be met before any new stage begins: The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS. Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern. There will be no return to the system of tiers. Changes will take place across the whole of England.
Covid 19 might never go away The roadmap document warns: "Over time, scientists expect COVID-19 to become endemic, meaning the virus will reach a stable, and hopefully manageable level. Vaccinations - including revaccination - will be key to managing the transition from pandemic to endemic state. "Therapeutics and antivirals will become increasingly important, replacing most non-pharmaceutical interventions over the long-term. The Government is also committed to building resilience for any future pandemics, both domestically and on the international stage."
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