A four-stage plan could see England’s coronavirus restrictions finally lifted by June 21, Boris Johnson has announced.
In the first phase, all pupils in England’s schools are expected to return to class from March 8.
Socialising in parks and public spaces with one other person will also be permitted from that date.
A further easing of restrictions will take place on March 29 when the school Easter holidays begin – with larger groups of up to six people or two households allowed to gather in parks and gardens.
Other measures in the road map set out by the Prime Minister include:
Step One: 8 March and 29 March
All schools and colleges in England will reopen, while all childcare can resume.
Secondary school pupils will have to wear facemasks initially while staff in all schools are advised to wear masks.
All schoolchildren will be tested twice a week.
One person will be able to meet one other person from another household outside for recreation, not just exercise.
This includes meeting in private gardens and will mean two people can meet for a picnic or sit on a bench with a coffee but they cannot play tennis or golf.
Care home residents will be allowed one named visitor.
The four tests which must be met before we can move through each step of the COVID-19 roadmap.
Decisions at each step will be made on the latest data and we will be cautious so that we do not undo the progress we have achieved so far.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) February 22, 2021
Up to six people from different households or a larger group from two households can meet outside, including in private gardens.
Outdoor sports facilities can reopen and organised outdoor sports can take place for children and adults.
From this point, the government will drop the “Stay at Home” message and will instead encourage people to stay local wherever they can.
People will still have to work from home where possible and no overseas travel, apart from necessary work, will be allowed.
Step Two: 12 April
After the school Easter holidays, non-essential retail, including hairdressers and beauty salons, can reopen.
Libraries, museums, zoos, theme parks and gyms can open – but no indoor mixing of different households allowed.
Outdoor hospitality can reopen, including pubs and restaurants – with the rule of six or a larger group from two households.
Customers will not have to buy a substantial meal to have an alcoholic drink but will have to be seated when ordering and eating or drinking.
Self-catering holidays in the UK with your own household will be allowed.
Funerals of up to 30 people, wakes of up to 15 people.
Step Three: 17 May
Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted, but gatherings of more than 30 will be illegal.
Indoors, the rule of six or a larger group of up to two households will be allowed.
Indoor hospitality – pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, children play areas, hotels, B&Bs, indoor exercise classes – will be allowed.
Large indoor performances and sporting events with a capacity of 1,000 people will be allowed.
Outdoor large performances and sporting events will have a maximum capacity of 4,000 people or must only be half full, whichever is lower.
Bigger sports stadiums will be allowed 10,000 people or can only be a quarter full, whichever is lower.
Weddings, wedding receptions, wakes, funerals and christenings will be allowed 30 people.
Step Four: 21 June
All legal limits on social contact removed.
Government hopes to reopen nightclubs and lift restrictions on large events such as festivals.
Ministers hope to remove restrictions on weddings.
Yet to be decided
There are a few rules and issues that have not yet been agreed and will be subject to review during the easing of lockdown.
1. The one-metre plus rule, mandatory facemasks and working from home
The government hopes to conclude a review of this before step four.
2. Whether you can use proof of having a COVID-19 vaccine to enter mass events
The government hopes to set out the conclusion of a review prior to step four on whether vaccine or test certificates could be used to reopen the rest of the economy.
3. International travel
The government has said this will not resume before 17 May.
4. Mass testing