• Savannah Mayo

The steps and precautions for lifting lockdown measures

From BBC News:

For the full list of steps and precautions, visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52530518 or https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-roadmap-to-cautiously-ease-lockdown-restrictions

Each stage will be a minimum of five weeks apart.

Stage one is in two parts:

8 March

• Schools open. Outdoor after-school sports allowed.

• Two people allowed to sit together outdoors.

• Care home residents allowed 1 regular visitor

29 March

• Six people or two households allowed to meet outdoors

• Outdoor sports facilities open, organised sport allowed

• Travel outside local area allowed

Stage two

No earlier than 12 April:

• Non-essential retail and personal care open

• Hospitality outdoors open

• Indoor leisure e.g. gyms, swimming pools open

• Self-contained holiday accommodation open

Stage three

No earlier than 17 May:

• Outdoor most social contact rules lifted

• Six people or two households can meet indoors

• Indoor hospitality and hotels open

Stage four

No earlier than 21 June:

• All legal limits on social contact will be removed

• Hope to reopen final closed sectors of the economy

Four conditions must be met at each stage before proceeding to the next one:

• The coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan

• Vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment

• Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions

• New coronavirus variants do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions

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