Boris Johnson has laid out a roadmap to ease England from total lockdown which went into effect from January 4. The four step plan announced on Monday would be implemented by “data not dates.” According to him, it would be “cautious but also irreversible.”
It will begin after school reopens on March 8. Limited social interaction including sitting with one more person on a park bench will be allowed. The second phase on March 29 will allow groups of six to meet and two households can also mix.
This step should begin by April 12 and non-essential retail will return. Hairdressers and gyms will reopen. Museums, zoos and theme parks will open. Social contact rules will remain. Pubs and restaurants can service two households or a group of six outside.
This step will be in place by May17. Groups of up to 30 will be allowed to meet outdoors in private gardens or outdoors in public spaces. Indoor service for groups up to six will be enforced.
Indoor entertainment venues can host up to 1,000 persons while outdoor venues such as Wembley Stadium can host live sporting events for up to 10,000 persons.
To begin on June 12, most of the social restrictions will be lifted. Weddings, nightclubs and music festivals could have unlimited persons, if things go well in the preceding weeks. Reviews will be carried out on outdoor events.
Some controversial measures including Covid certification, International travel and travel between the nations in the U.K. will also be discussed.
This news comes as U.K. vaccination roll out is progressing well. The U.K leads the rest of Europe in vaccine roll out and as of Monday morning 17.5 million have been vaccinated.
Researchers at the University of Edinburg, University of Strathclyde and Public Health Scotland who have studied data say that it has shown that vaccinations have decreased the risk of hospitalization by 85% (Pfizer-BioNTech) to 94% (AstraZeneca) four weeks after the shot, according to UK agency PA Media.
Public Health England research showed that the risk of infection was reduced by 72% after 3 weeks of one dose and by 85% after two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on health workers under the age of 65.
Prime Minister Johnson may face resistance from his own party as these proposed measures will put across for voting in the Parliament.