Uk News The new rules on outdoor mixing as part of lockdown roadmap United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - From 29 March, more social contact is expected to be permitted, with outdoor gatherings allowed either under the rule of six or between two households, so families can reunite
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Outdoor socialising will be prioritised over the reopening of retail and hospitality venues when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces plans for the next stage of lockdown in England later today, which will see a gradual relaxation of the current stringent measures. There will be no return to the regional tiered system, and schools will reopen from 8 March – including outdoor after-school sports and activities – with some limited outdoor socialising once again allowed. Then on 29 March, the Rule of Six is set to return, alongside the start of the school holidays, to allow outdoor gatherings in time for Easter, with the rules now being adapted to allow families to be reunited.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.However, the government has insisted the “stay at home” message will remain in place, and the easing of lockdown is contingent on four key tests which must be met, including that the vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.The focus remains on outdoor, socially distant mixing, with Mr Johnson promising people that “the sacrifices each and every one of you has made” would not be put in jeopardy, ahead of a statement on the roadmap out of lockdown to the Commons.One-on-one meetups outdoorsPeople observe social distancing on a bench in Hyde Park, London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus (Photo: Yui Mok/PA) At first, from 8 March, the rules state that people will be permitted to have socially distanced one-on-one meetups with others outdoors in a public space.This means friends and family members could sit down for a coffee or have a picnic in the park, which is not currently allowed under lockdown.Mr Johnson has stressed the need to relax restrictions in a “cautious” manner, saying that the Government would make decisions based on the latest data at every step.The rule of six or between two householdsFrom 29 March, more social contact is expected to be permitted, with outdoor gatherings allowed either under the Rule of Six or between two households.Previously, the Rule of Six was enacted in September following the rapid increase in the number of daily positive coronavirus cases, and outlawed social gatherings of more than six people in either an indoor or outdoor setting. This time around, outdoor gatherings will be allowed under either the resurrection of the Rule of Six, or with two households meeting up.The rule change is understood to be timed to coincide with the start of school holidays and to allow friends and families greater flexibility to meet outside, where the risk of coronavirus transmission is much lower.
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. Under the new rules, groups of a maximum of six people from multiple households can get together outside, with a greater number allowed if the meetup is just between two households.
Today I’ll be setting out a roadmap to bring us out of lockdown cautiously. Our priority has always been getting children back into school which we know is crucial for their education and wellbeing. We'll also be prioritising ways for people to reunite with loved ones safely.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 22, 2021
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said people would also be able to travel to see friends and family from another household from 29 March, “as long as it’s outdoors, and it is two families, or the Rule of Six”.Additionally, he said outdoor sports are due to return on 29 March, including organised team sports, but he declined to say when gyms could reopen.Speaking to LBC radio Mr Zahawi said: “The simple way to look at this is that outdoor is safer and therefore we prioritise versus indoor.“Outdoor sports – tennis, golf, outdoor organised team sports, grassroots football – will go back on March 29.”Pushed on when gyms and fitness centres could reopen, he added: “At the moment, it’s outdoors versus indoors. Outdoors is the priority because it’s where the transmission rates are much, much, much lower.”Progress on the next steps out of lockdown will depend on meeting four tests: the success of the vaccine rollout, evidence of vaccine efficacy, an assessment of new variants, and keeping infection rates below a level that could put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.A five-week gap from 8 March would suggest the next phase of the programme could begin as early as 12 April, if the tests are met.
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