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Roadmap to end Lockdown

Updated: Feb 24

According to the PM announcement on 22.02 we can expect Bodyscene Leisure Club, Gym and Swimming Pool to reopen on April 12th (exercise classes + sauna/steam rooms to follow May 17th), pending the data displaying signs that the lockdown easing and vaccine has been effective.


Source: BBC


Shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality will reopen on 12 April in England if strict conditions are met, under plans being set out by the PM.


Up to six people from separate households could be able to meet in beer gardens from that date.


The new four-step plan to ease lockdown could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by 21 June.


It requires four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants to be met at each stage.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs the plan aimed to be "cautious but irreversible" and at every stage decisions would be led by "data not dates".


But he warned there was "no credible route to a zero-Covid Britain nor indeed a zero-Covid world".


It comes as the first data on the UK's coronavirus vaccine rollout suggests it is having a "spectacular" impact on stopping serious illness .


Mr Johnson a held a 22.02 Downing Street news conference with UK government chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.


Step-by-step

As part of the first step of the plan for easing lockdown in England:

  • From 8 March - All schools will open with outdoor after-school sports and activities allowed. Recreation in an outdoor public spaces - such as a park - will be allowed between two people, meaning they would be allowed to sit down for a coffee, drink or picnic

  • From 29 March - Outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed. It is understood this will include gatherings in private gardens. Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children's sport, such as grassroots football, will also return


Secondary school pupils can access tests and will be required to wear face coverings in classrooms and shared spaces like corridors.



The second step from 12 April would see major parts of the economy permitted to reopen:

  • Non-essential retail opens, hairdressers and some public buildings like libraries

  • Outdoor settings like alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos and theme parks

  • Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms

  • Self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering lets and camp sites

But wider social contact rules will continue to apply in all settings - meaning no indoor mixing between different households will be allowed.


Mr Johnson confirmed the end of hospitality curfews - and requirements to eat a substantial meal alongside alcohol.


He said a review of international leisure travel restrictions would be announced by 12 April at the earliest.




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