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PremierLeague-News.Com - The third stage of England's Covid lockdown roadmap is scheduled for Monday 17 May, when pubs and restaurants should finally open indoors
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! England’s lockdown roadmap has thus far continued on schedule, with social restrictions easing and businesses gradually opening their doors to customers.The most recent major step came on Monday 12 April, when non-essential shops welcomed customers, gyms reopened and self-contained domestic holidays resumed.Next on the roadmap is the third stage of four, which is scheduled to come into effect on Monday 17 May – here’s everything you need to know about if things will proceed as planned.The freshest exclusives and sharpest analysis, curated for your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. Read More What are the Covid rules from 17 May? How lockdown is easing and what should open under next stage of roadmap Will lockdown rules ease on 17 May?Hugo Gye, Deputy Political Editor of i, exclusively revealed on Monday 3 May that UK ministers were preparing to sign off on the next phase of easing restrictions.He reported how the Government is examining a dossier of data from scientific advisers that is expected to show that previous steps in the lockdown roadmap have not caused a spike in coronavirus infections, and that there is no immediate danger of extra pressure on the NHS from Covid-19.Scientists and statistical modellers believe that there is no reason to delay the next step, which will be formally announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson next Monday, giving businesses a week’s notice before reopening.The Prime Minister said “there will be some openings-up” but added “we have got to be cautious”, while a Downing Street source said: “The data looks pretty good, so we are expecting to go ahead with the next stages.”Each stage of the lockdown easing is contingent on four tests being satisfied, with the evidence looking positive:The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully. Despite warnings of a shortfall, 13.7 million vaccines were given out in the course of April and almost one in three British adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19 – under-40s are likely to be called up inthe next fortnight.Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated. In addition to the successful clinical trials, real-life data collected in the UK, Israel and elsewhere suggest that all the vaccines being used here are highly effective.
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. The daily count of infections has continued to fall steadily since hitting a peak in early January, with the number of Covid patients in hospital down by 96 per cent from its peak.Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of concern. The number of cases of the most worrying strains of the virus, from South Africa and Brazil, has increased in recent months but still stands at less than 1,000.Pubs and restaurants have been open outdoors in England since 12 April (Photo: Reuters)Which Covid rules will ease on 17 May?If step three proceeds as planned, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to welcome customers inside as the rule of six extends indoors.Overnight stays between households will be allowed once more, and people will be allowed to go on holiday in multiple household groups with hotels in England reopening.It also marks the date that international travel could resume under the traffic light system, with an announcement on the “green list” countries for quarantine-free holidays expected around Friday 7 May.The restrictions easing are summarised below:Rules of Six will come into effect indoorsIndoor seating can resume in pubs and restaurantsIndoor entertainment venues like cinemas and theatres can reopenDomestic overnight stays can resumeOrganised indoor adult sport can start againWeddings and other “significant life events” can include up to 30 peopleRemaining outdoor entertainment, such as performances, can resumeRemaining tourist accommodation can reopenInternational travel will resume under the traffic light system (subject to review) Read More Green list countries: Which countries could have lowest UK travel restrictions under traffic light system Why aren’t the rules changing sooner?The improved coronavirus situation in England has prompted calls from some quarters to accelerate the lockdown roadmap.However, Downing Street has insisted the Government will stick to the schedule.The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters on Tuesday 4 May: “The aim of the road map throughout is to be cautious but irreversible.“We are approaching the earliest possible date for step three and we will say more about that soon.”He added that the latest figures were “in line with expectations, which is hugely encouraging and a credit to the vaccine rollout and to the British public”.“But that emphasises the need to adhere to the road map which provides that certainty and stability that the public and business have been asking for.”
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