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PremierLeague-News.Com- Boris Johnson said the roadmap to exit lockdown was 'cautious but also irreversible'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Boris Johnson has revealed his roadmap out of lockdown in England. The Prime Minister set out a four-stage plan that explained how and when coronavirus restrictions will be eased in the country. Speaking yesterday, Mr Johnson told MPs the approach was “cautious but also irreversible”, with the impact of the vaccination programme replacing the need for lockdown measures. He said a “wretched year would give way to a spring and a summer that will be very different and incomparably better”. The lockdown roadmap contains four stages, which accumulate with the end of all restrictions by June. But the PM emphasised that four tests must be met in order for each 'stage' to go ahead. These are: 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 The assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of concern. CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. 4 stages of lockdown - key dates Step one – from March 8/March 29 All pupils in all year groups can go back to the classroom from March 8, with outdoor after-school sports and activities also allowed to restart. Also from this date, people will be permitted to have socially distanced one-to-one meetings with others outdoors in a public space – meaning friends and family members could sit down for a coffee or have a picnic in the park. Care home residents will be allowed a single visitor, with visitors required to take a lateral flow test and wear personal protective equipment. In the second part of the first phase, larger groups could be allowed to gather in parks and gardens from March 29 – when the “stay at home” order will end, with messaging moving to “stay local”. The “rule of six” will return, meaning up to six people or two households will be able to meet outdoors. Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts are also set to reopen at the end of next month, with organised adult and children’s sport – including grassroots football – able to return.
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. Indoor gyms and leisure facilities, such as swimming pools, will be permitted to reopen, but the requirements for social contact in indoor settings will continue. This means people will only be permitted to visit a museum or exercise in a gym alone or with their own household. Hospitality venues will be permitted to reopen but for outdoor purposes only, meaning restaurants and pubs will only be able to serve customers outside, where the rule of six or two households will apply. The requirement for a substantial meal and curfews will both be scrapped, but customers will need to be seated when ordering food or drink. Self-contained accommodation, such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, will also be able to reopen for overnight stays by households only. Funerals will be able to continue with up to 30 people, while the number of people who can attend wedding receptions and wakes will rise from the current six to 15. Find Covid vaccination sites in your area by putting your postcode into our widget below.
Step three – from May 17 at the earliest In step three, which will be no earlier than May 17 and at least five weeks after the second step, the Government will further ease limits on social contact. Outdoors, the rule of six and two household requirement will be lifted, although gatherings of more than 30 people in parks and gardens will remain illegal. Meanwhile, up to six people or a larger group from up to two households will be permitted to meet indoors, but this is subject to review. Indoor hospitality – inside pubs and restaurants – is set to open up at this point, where the rule of six or two household rule will apply, alongside entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas. Larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues, with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full, whichever is lower, will be allowed, while outdoors it will be 4,000 people or half-full, again whichever is lower. Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals, and other life events will be permitted, such as bar mitzvahs and christenings. Step four – from June 21 at the earliest The last step will be no earlier than June 21 – and at least five weeks after the third step – when it is hoped that all legal limits on social contact will be removed. It is also hoped that the final closed sectors of the economy, such as nightclubs, could be allowed to reopen, while restrictions on large events could also be eased.