The British government wants to lift all restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic in England by June 21. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this yesterday when presenting his lockdown roadmap to the House of Commons in London.
The lockdown is to be lifted in several steps at intervals of five weeks. The prerequisite, however, is that the positive trends in reducing the number of infections and the vaccination campaign can be continued and that no new virus variant changes the situation. The decisive factor is not the scheduled dates, but the data from the pandemic, Johnson said.
The path out of the lockdown will be taken carefully but irrevocably, the prime minister said. This is thanks to the determination of the British people and the success of the vaccination campaign, he said.
Schools to reopen soon
Already on March 8, all schools in the largest British part of the country are to reopen. Scotland and Wales, on the other hand, are planning a gradual opening of schools, which has already begun this week. Social contacts are also to be permitted again in England from the second week of March more than before. For example, nursing home residents will once again be allowed to receive visitors.
The next step is to take place on March 29. Up to six people or two households will then be allowed to meet outdoors again. Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis courts and golf courses will also be allowed to reopen. Stores, museums, libraries are to be allowed to welcome visitors again from April 12. Pubs and restaurants are also to reopen then, albeit only for outdoor operations.
On May 17 at the earliest, cinema visits and overnight stays in hotels should also be possible again, as well as indoor club sports. Up to 30 people will again be allowed to gather for weddings or other important events. International travel could also possibly be allowed again. Up to 10,000 people could gather at soccer stadiums, for example.
Infection figures in the UK have fallen dramatically in recent weeks. At the same time, more than 17.5 million people in the country have already been vaccinated with a first dose against the coronavirus.
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