The key dates for the path out of lockdown and when Covid restrictions may ease in England

BORIS Johnson is due to set out his plan of how the Government will ease lockdown restrictions later this month.

School are expected to reopen first but what are the other key dates in the path out of lockdown?

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February 15

Boris Johnson is to review the current lockdown restrictions on February 15.

However, there is no chance of restrictions completely easing as schools have not reopened – which the PM said would be his first priority.

The third lockdown was introduced was January 5 after a nationwide order replaced the four-tier system of restrictions.

At the time, Downing Street said that lockdown restrictions would last at least until "the middle of February if the situation in hospitals improves".

Quarantine hotels will open on February 15, with a 10-day stay costing travellers £1,750 each.

If passengers leave the quarantine hotel before their 10 days are up, they will be handed a £5,000 coronavirus fine, but this figure can increase up to £10,000, Mr Hancock warned.

Travellers coming into England from 33 red list countries will have to book a stay at a quarantine hotel through an online booking platform, which will go live on February 11.

February 22

Boris Johnson is due to reveal the "phased" route out of lockdown in the week beginning February 22.

It is unclear so far what the PM will say however a phased relaxation of restrictions is likely.

Speaking in the House of Commons on January 28, the PM said he will review current lockdown measures in mid-February, but left the door open for them to be extended.

"I can tell the House that when parliament returns from recess on the week beginning February 22, we intend to set out the results of that review and publish our plan for taking the country out of lockdown," he said.

March 8

Speaking at a press conference on February 3, the PM said that March 8 would be the "earliest" the Government would allow schools to reopen.

The PM vowed not to open schools too soon or there was a huge risk the nation could be "forced into reverse" and would have to turn on the brakes once again.

He added: "This is the cautious approach, it's much better to stick to that."

Schools have been told that they will be given two weeks' notice.

It is not yet known whether different age groups will be allowed to return to school earlier or if everyone will return on the same day.

He also confirmed that no other sectors that are currently closed under restrictions, such as hospitality, will open until after March 8.

March 31

Current lockdown legislation ends on March 31 meaning new legislation would be needed to extend the tough restrictions.

It is unlikely that all restrictions will have ended by then.

Face masks and social distancing measures are likely to stay in place for the long-term.

May

The Government is aiming to have all priority groups and over 50s vaccinated by May.

There have been to concrete dates on when younger groups will get their jabs however it is likely that some can expect to be invited for their first dose in the months after the deadline.

 

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