Boris Johnson announces lifting of lockdown from March 8th in England
BBC, 23 Feb 2021
Boris Johnson has unveiled his timetable for the gradual lifting of the lockdown in England starting on March the 8th.
If all conditions are met the restrictions will be completely lifted by 21st June. The prime minister said there could be no such thing as a Covid-free future but the end of the restrictions was finally in sight.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own separate arrangements.
On 8th March all children in England will go back to school and further education colleges will open. Residents in care homes will be allowed one regular visitor. Outdoor meetings will be allowed between two people.
From the 29th March up to six people or two households will be able to meet outdoors including in private gardens and some outdoor sport will be allowed.
From April 12th at the earliest shops, gyms and hairdressers will be allowed to open along with outdoor hospitality venues such as pub gardens and theme parks.
From May 17th cafes, pubs and restaurants will be able to fully open and on 21st June it’s hoped that all remaining restrictions will end.
Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by political editor Laura Kuenssberg.