ALL eyes will be on Boris Johnson today (Monday, February 22) as he sets out the gradual course from our third coronavirus lockdown.
The Prime Minister will inform Brits about the loosening of limitations that have actually managed our lives considering that January 5. This is what time you can expect the PM’s announcement.
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What time is Boris Johnson announcing his lockdown roadmap?
Mr Johnson will first talk to MPs in your home of Commons soon after 3pm this afternoon to explain his roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown.
The PM is expected to set out a four-step strategy to lead Britain back to typical life.
Boris Johnson will then attend to the country at 7pm during a Downing Street press conference.
Mr Johnson has actually consistently stressed that lockdown will be relieved very carefully, and he will be guided by “information not dates”.
What is he expected to reveal?
The PM has actually prepared a four-step strategy to lead Britain out of Covid lockdown — and he firmly insists the whole country will be changing together.
Civil servants have actually been hectic over the weekend, dealing with his significant discussion in the Cabinet Office.
He has actually dropped the hated regional tiers and will on Monday unveil a “staircase” back to a normal life.
The success of the jabs program– and forecasts that all over-18s will be used one by July’s end– has provided the PM self-confidence to open a little faster than initially expected.
So, the PM will expose dates to pencil in diaries for the return of much-missed activities before all constraints are raised in a final leap.
In an increase for millions, the PM will say that outside sport will resume from the end of March.
Team games consisting of football, rugby and hockey will be permitted.
Schools will reopen from March 8, although the government might opt for a staggered return following a reaction from teaching unions.
Brits will also be able to hang out outside with a good friend or relative from another home, with current guidelines restricting meet-ups to work out just.
This will be followed by an end to limitations on close family interaction, suggesting kids will be able to hug their grandparents again.
Care home residents will also have the ability to hold hands with visitors within a few weeks, with complete assistance set to be released in the next fortnight.
Later on in April, non-essential retail is expected to open ought to the infection rate continue to remain steady.
However, the hospitality market is not set to reopen completely till May – though clubs could be enabled to serve pints outside before this date.
Brits must be able to enjoy drinks alfresco outside from April if cases continue to fall at the present rate.
The “guideline of six” limitations and two-metre social distancing rules are also likely to remain throughout summertime.
Health secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News that the PM’s “roadmap” was still being worked on and has yet to be signed off.
However, outdoor sports for kids and little numbers of grownups ought to be permitted immediately, according to Prof Mark Woolhouse of Edinburgh University.
He told the Observer that the most recent information showed there was no requirement for the federal government to be “ultra-cautious”.
” The government has stated the nation’s exit from lockdown ought to be data-driven. Well, the information is exceptionally good, far much better than anybody, including me, expected two or three weeks ago.
” Hospitalisations, deaths, and case numbers have all plunged while vaccinations have actually already reached a quarter of the adult population,” he included.
In a boost for sport, the PM will raise hopes of fans being back into grounds in time for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament, now starting in June.
A Whitehall source told: “There will be four steps, potentially 5, each with dates and details about what services can reopen and which activities will be allowed.”
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How can I enjoy Boris Johnson’s announcement?
Boris Johnson’s statement can be watched live via’s YouTube page, or you can follow our coronavirus live blog for all the latest updates.
It’ll likewise be shown on TV news channels including Sky News and BBC News.