Restrictive measures in Britain imposed in response to the pandemic should be lifted by June 21, depending on the situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament Monday.
“By June 21, we expect to lift all legal restrictions on social contact,” Johnson said,
The prime minister assured that if all conditions for the removal of restrictions are met, mass sporting events will begin as early as summer.
The first phase of lifting restrictions will begin on March 8 with the opening of schools and permission to meet outdoors with one bystander.
And on March 29, when students begin their vacation, the “rule of six” will return: six people or two families will be allowed to spend time together outdoors. Tennis courts, golf clubs, and other outdoor sports will also open at that time.
On the seventeenth of May, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, and hotels are likely to open, and families will be allowed to meet indoors.
Four conditions are important for each phase of de-escalation: successful continuation of the vaccination program, evidence that vaccination results in fewer hospitalizations and deaths among those vaccinated, the level of virus spread should not pose a risk of increased hospitalizations, and new strains of COVID-19 should not significantly increase the risk to the population.
There should be at least four weeks in between. Each step will be evaluated since the dates given represent the earliest time when such mitigations could occur.