Boris Johnson speech LATEST – PM unveils lockdown roadmap at Downing Street with new Covid rules on pubs and households

BORIS Johnson has unveiled the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown to the public – with schools included in the first of four steps on March 8.

During a Downing Street press conference yesterday the Prime Minister outlined a covid plan he says will prioritise reopening schools and reuniting families.

The first date for the diary will be March 8 when schools will reopen and Brits can once again meet one friend or family member in an outside space for a picnic or a coffee.

Assuming all goes well with that easing, the next significant milestone will be March 29 when schools go on Easter Holiday.

At this point outdoors gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed, reuniting friends and extended family for the first time in months.

The same date will also see the return on outdoor sports such as tennis, golf, basketball and even football. People will at this point no longer be legally required to remain at home unless absolutely necessary.

Boris said that no earlier than the April 12, step two of the reopening will begin but could be delayed if the earlier steps see a surge in infections.

At this point, hairdressers, beauty parlours, gyms, public libraries and holiday lets will reopen and pubs will be able to reopen serving customers outdoors.

No earlier than five weeks after April 12, phase three of the lockdown pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to begin serving customers indoors.

Beyond that, Boris said he hopes for the rules of six can be scrapped altogether by June and the UK return to a true sense of normality, albeit with social distancing in place, by July.

But the PM made clear that for each step to be taken, benchmark numbers will need to be met on Covid cases, hospital admissions, vaccinations and deaths.

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