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Thursday, 28 January 2021

Schools will reopen in March, non-essential shops in APRIL, pubs and restaurants in MAY at the earliest (but NO word on gyms and hairdressers): Boris Johnson 'is planning to ease England's national coronavirus lockdown in three stages'

 


Boris Johnson is planning to ease England's lockdown in three stages, it was claimed today, with pubs and restaurants potentially not allowed to reopen until May at the earliest. The Prime Minister is said to be working on a lockdown exit strategy which would see the Government adopt a 'staggered approach' to removing coronavirus curbs. The PM announced yesterday schools will not reopen before March 8 and the Government has repeatedly stressed they will be the first thing to return when measures can be lifted. Reports suggest that non-essential shops could then be given the green light to welcome back customers a month later in April with pubs and restaurants having to wait until May.

Reports suggest that non-essential shops could then be given the green light to welcome back customers a month later in April with pubs and restaurants having to wait until May.

It is unclear when businesses like hairdressers and gyms could be allowed to reopen.   

Mr Johnson has previously said there will not be a 'big bang' out of lockdown, cautioning the nation faces a long road back to normal life. 

Any easing of lockdown will be contingent on the latest data on the spread of the disease, hospitalisation numbers and the daily death toll. 

But the Government is hoping its vaccination programme will enable it to start loosening restrictions in the not too distant future. 

A Whitehall source told The Telegraph: 'If schools do open in March - and the priority is certainly to open schools first - then it will mean other things have to remain closed for some time.

'We have to avoid the situation last time where the return of schools meant far greater household mixing across the board. 

'So that means we'd be likely to wait at least another month for nonessential retail, and a month beyond that at least for pubs and restaurants.' 

It is thought the Government will want to measure the impact of reopening schools on the rate of transmission of the disease before it takes action in other areas.  

The Government is aiming to have offered a first vaccine dose to all over-70s by the middle of next month. 

Mr Johnson said yesterday that 'every jab that goes in' the Government becomes 'more confident' of hitting its target. 

He said: 'Since we need to give schools two weeks' notice to re-open, it is sensible now to serve notice that we will not be able to re-open schools immediately after half-term on 22nd February.


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