When will lockdown end in England? The key dates for possible easing restrictions from now until the end of March
Key lockdown dates including the first lockdown review and when schools could be back openmen
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Lockdown restrictions are set to be eased in England in the coming weeks.
After spending the majority of January under a national lockdown, the prime minister will give hope to Brits this month with his plan for spring.
According to chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, the UK is now past the peak of the current wave of coronavirus, with cases, hospital admissions and deaths on a “downward slope”.
Meanwhile, more than 10 million Brits have now been administered a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
The government’s approach to easing lockdown will be a “prudent and cautious” one, according to Boris Johnson, and it won’t be too long before we are given more details about it.
Here are they key dates over the next few weeks.
The government says it is on track to reach its target of vaccinating everyone in the top four priority groups, as set out by the JVCI, by February 15.https://459ae35c16478751b1cfc733be9328cc.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html76516486337MOST READ1The Chase host Bradley Walsh walks off set after player performed u-turn in ‘unbelievable scenes’2Molly-Mae Hague refused entry to major supermarket under new lockdown rules3The latest coronavirus infection rates for every borough in Greater Manchester
The prime minister has said that a further announcement on the next stages of the roll out can be expected then.
“On the second wave of vaccinations, I think what you can expect is on the 15th [February] we’ll say a bit more and where we’ve got to,” Mr Johnson told a Downing Street briefing.
“Obviously we’re hoping that we’ll have done JCVI groups 1 to 4 and I expect that in that week we’ll be saying we’ll be doing JCVI 1 to 9 and the priorities thereafter.”ADVERTISEMENT
The first review of the lockdown restrictions is also set to take place in the week of February 15.
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Following the review, Mr Johnson has said he will set out his ‘road map’ out of lockdown on February 22.
He told MPs: “Our aim will be to set out a gradual and phased approach towards easing the restrictions in a sustainable way, guided by the principles we have observed throughout the pandemic, beginning with the most important principle of all: that reopening schools must be our national priority.”
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Schools will come first, but the prime minister has not yet given any further suggestions on how the rest of society may reopen.
He has, however, suggested that England is likely to move through lockdown tiers nationally, rather than regionally.
Meanwhile, Scotland and Wales hope to begin their phased reopenings of schools from February 22, after half-term.
Shortly after, MPs will have the chance to debate the proposals for getting students back into schools.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the House of Commons said parliamentary proceedings on February 25 will include “a general debate on the proposal for a national education route map for schools and colleges in response to the Covid-19 outbreak”.
Mr Johnson said he hopes that schools in England will be able to begin reopening from March 8.
“If we achieve our target of vaccinating everyone in the four most vulnerable groups with their first dose by 15 February – and every passing day sees more progress towards that goal – then those groups will have developed immunity from the virus by about three weeks later, that is by 8 March,” he said.
“We hope it will therefore be safe to commence the reopening of schools from Monday 8 March.”
Current lockdown legislation in England expires on March 31.
If lockdown hasn’t begun to be eased by this point, new legislation will be needed.https://www.facebook.com/v2.8/plugins/like.php?action=like&app_id=&channel=https%3A%2F%2Fstaticxx.facebook.com%2Fx%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter%2F%3Fversion%3D46%23cb%3Df136a39e8a67528%26domain%3Dwww.manchestereveningnews.co.uk%26origin%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.manchestereveningnews.co.uk%252Ff60534653a1a14%26relation%3Dparent.parent&container_width=0&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FManchesterEveningNews&layout=button_count&locale=en_GB&sdk=joey&share=false&show_faces=false&size=large&width=300Follow @MENNewsdesk
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