Boris Johnson’s roadmap signposted schools reopening on Monday, March 8 followed by outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households from March 29, with the ‘rule of six’ allowing the return of outdoor meetings. Shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality are signposted for reopening on April 12, while two households may be able to mix in homes from May 17.
Social distancing measures will remain in place until June 21 at the earliest.
Speaking to the virtual Conservative Party spring conference – where he also compared the Labour Party to “a bunch of wobbly weather vanes” – Mr Johnson said he remains optimistic about continuing onwards with the Government plan.
He said: “I can see absolutely nothing in the data to dissuade me from continuing along our roadmap to freedom.
“In just a few days’ time, I’m finally going to be able to go to the barbers.
“But more important than that, I’m going to be able to go down the street and cautiously, but irreversibly, I’m going to drink a pint of beer in the pub.”
On Monday, March 29, groups of six people, including two households, will be able to meet in parks and gardens again as the stay-at-home order ends.
Outdoor gym and leisure facilities will also be opening, including open-air swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts and other outdoor sport facilities.
Mr Johnson wants the easing to “kick-start a Great British summer of sport”.
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The UK Government has insisted the vaccination rollout will continue as planned.
A spokesperson said: “We’re on track to meet our vaccination targets and everyone will get their second dose within 12 weeks of their first.”