Roadmap out of lockdown announced

The Prime minister has announced a roadmap out of lockdown – Monday 22 February 2021.

 

Summary:

The roadmap details 4 stages that will be determined by 4 tests. Each stage will require the tests to be achieved before we progress to the next one.

The 4 tests are:-

1. Vaccines still successfully being deployed

2. Vaccines still working

3. Releasing doesn’t risk a surge in hospitalisations and pressure on NHS

4. New variants of COVID not impacting the work.

There will be 5 weeks between each step. If the tests are achieved we will i e on to the next step.

 

The steps are as follows:

 

STEP 1A – 8 March 2021

• Top 4 tiers of vulnerable people will be benefitting from the vaccine by then.

• All schools and further education settings will return

• Twice weekly testing of secondary and college aged pupils

• Families and childcare support bubbles will be encouraged to be tested regularly.

• Breakfast and after school clubs will reopen and other activities can return if helps parents to work

• University students with practical courses will be able to return. All other students will continue to remote learn. This will be reviewed post Easter holidays.

• Social distancing will still be in place

• Outdoor recreation with one person outside of the household will be permitted, (coffee on bench, picnic) in public areas.

• Clinically vulnerable will need to continue to shield until the end of March.

• Care home resident will be able to name 1 named visitor who can visit them regularly. They will need to be tested regularly and this cannot change between different people.

• We will change legislation to allow some secure COVID campaigning to take place ahead of elections on the 6th may

 

STEP 1B – 29 March 2021

• Schools will be on Easter Holidays.

• Rule of 6 returns outdoors including in gardens, and 2 households of any size can meet outdoors on the same basis.

• Outdoor sport like Tennis, Basketball courts etc can reopen

• Formal outdoor sports will be able to resume under COVID secure guidance

• Social distancing will still be in place

• It will no longer be a legal requirement to stay at home but much of the restrictions will stay in place.

• People should continue to work from home and minimise travel as much as possible.

 

STEP 2 – No earlier than 12 April – 7 days notice will be given

• Non-essential retail, hairdressers and nail salons can open.

• Indoor gyms will reopen

• Holiday lets reopen for individuals or household groups

• Pubs and restaurants outdoors, no curfew and no substantial meals needed.

• Zoos, drive in cinemas and theme parks will reopen

• Public libraries and community centres can reopen

• socially distancing will still take place

 

STEP 3 – No earlier than 17 May – 7 days notice will be given

• Outdoors meetings of up to 30 allowed

• Will be able to see up to 6 people indoors or two households indoors

• Reopen pubs and restaurants indoors, children play areas, cinemas, hotels, hostels and B&Bs, theatres and concert halls will reopen.

• Sport stadiums will be allowed to have crowds return in a covid secure way inc capacity limits.

• Pilot larger events with enhanced testing

 

STEP 4 – No earlier than 21 June – 7 days notice will be given

• Remove all legal limits on social contact, weddings and other live events, open everything up to and including nightclubs

• Theatre performances above the limits of step 3.

 

4 reviews will take place to assist us in our road out of COVID.

1. How long we will need to keep social distancing and face masks, will inform guidance on working from home until complete.

2. Resumption of international travel, 12 April will report on this section

3. COVID safety status given to venues to allow to reopen

4. How to open major events.

 

• Provision of free test kits to the end of June for businesses, will be able to collect from local testing sites

• More details next Wednesday in the Budget on support for workers and businesses from the Chancellor.

• We may have to implement local or regional lockdowns if there is a new variant that the vaccine doesn’t work against it

The full Covid 19 – Spring 2021 PDF document is available to download.

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