Johnson to present plan for England’s exit from lockdown
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to present a plan on Monday mapping England’s exit from the current coronavirus lockdown.
Johnson has said he wants to leave lockdown in a way that is “cautious but irreversible.”
England has spent two months in lockdown but some measures are being eased already.
Care home residents will be able to have contact with one regular visitor as of March 8, the Health Ministry announced on Saturday.
That day, schools are also expected to reopen.
In further easing, people from two households are expected to be able to meet outside and take part in outdoor activities such as golf or tennis.
Later, shops and restaurants would reopen.
England’s third lockdown began on January 5, shutting down public life in one of the countries hardest-hit by the pandemic in Europe.
Johnson’s easing would only apply to England, however, as the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are determining health regulations independently.
Meanwhile, the government has rolled out vaccinations against Covid-19 at high speed, with more than 17 million people having received a first dose of the jab in Britain so far.