Coronavirus UK news update – Schools reopen and meeting with friends ALLOWED in weeks, Boris’ lockdown roadmap reveals

SCHOOLS will reopen in early March and Brits will be able to meet up to five friends within a matter of weeks, Boris Johnson revealed today.

According to the PMs lockdown roadmap, the first date for your diary will be March 8 when schools reopen and you’ll once again be able to 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 major milestone will be March 29 when six people or two households will be allowed to meet outdoors, reuniting friends for the first time in months.

The same date will also see the return on outdoor sports such as tennis, golf and even football, before non-essential shops open in April, rule of six is scrapped in June and a sense of normality with social distancing by July.

Despite the positive feeling around the roadmap, Boris reminded Brits that all steps towards easing are reliant on cases, hospital admissions, vaccinations and deaths continuing to fall.

Following his announcement in the House of Commons this afternoon the Prime Minister will make a televised announcement to the nation at 7pm this evening.

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