All schools in England will reopen to all pupils on 8th March under the Boris Johnson’s plan to get out of lockdown to be announced tomorrow.
Also on 8th March, outdoor recreation with one other person will also be permitted, meaning people will be allowed to sit together in a park with a coffee, drink or picnic.
As of 29th March, larger groups will be able to meet outside – including in private gardens – back to the rule of 6 with up to a maximum of six people or two households.
Tennis courts, golf courses and other outdoor sport facilities will also reopen on 29th March, which is the first Monday of most schools’ Easter holidays.
At the same time, organised adults and children’s sport, including grassroots football, will restart.
The relaxation of measures is the first stage of a four-part roadmap expected to include the reopening of non-essential retail and hospitality in the not to distant future.
Boris Johnson is due to announce his plan to the House of Commons tomorrow (Monday), before leading a Downing Street news conference at 7pm.
The PM is expected to stress that to advance to each phase, 4 tests must be passed:
- The vaccine deployment programme continues as successfully as it is.
- Evidence shows that vaccines are effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths.
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations.
- Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of concern.
In a statement ahead of the announcement, Mr Johnson said:
“Our priority has always been getting children back into school which we know is crucial for their education as well as their mental and physical wellbeing, and we will also be prioritising ways for people to reunite with loved ones safely.
“Our decisions will be made on the latest data at every step, and we will be cautious about this approach so that we do not undo the progress we have achieved so far and the sacrifices each and every one of you has made to keep yourself and others safe.”