England just announced its reopening plans as part of a four-step process. Depending on cases, deaths and hospitalizations related to coronavirus (COVID-19), Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to lift most restrictions by June 21.
Step one: allows schools to reopen and activities to resume after school. Small groups of people from different households are allowed to meet for leisure activities. On March 29th, the “Stay Home” order will be dropped, but people will be encouraged to stay on the ground as much as possible.
Step two: From April 12th, outdoor hospitality can reopen, including pubs and restaurants. There will be no curfew, but guests must remain seated while ordering, eating and / or drinking. This phase allows groups of up to six people or a larger group of two households.
Step three: From May 17th, indoor hospitality can reopen – pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, concert halls, galleries, etc. The rule of six or a larger group of two households still applies. Meetings of up to 30 people are permitted outdoors.
Step four: All legal restrictions on social contacts were lifted on June 21st. The government also hopes to reopen nightclubs and lift restrictions on major events like music festivals. On-site tests can be used as a condition of entry.
There are reports of rules and issues that have not been agreed upon and need to be reviewed. As ambitious as the plan is, these steps and dates may change depending on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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Source: Sky News | Photo credit: Shutterstock / Anna Omelchenko