The next stage of the lockdown roadmap is going ahead on Monday – but what happens after that? (Picture: Getty Images / EPA)
The next stage of the lockdown roadmap is going ahead on Monday in England, Boris Johnson confirmed.
Step two of the lifting of strict coronavirus rules will proceed on April 12 after the Government analysed the statistics around the virus and decided it is safe enough.
‘I want to thank you all again for your patience because it is really clear now that this is paying off and it’s your collective efforts, our collective efforts that have given us the crucial time and space to vaccinate more than 31 million people,’ Mr Johnson told a Downing Street press conference yesterday.
‘And that result of your efforts and of course with the vaccine rollout, is that I can today confirm that from Monday, April 12 we will move to step two of our roadmap.
‘Reopening shops, gyms, zoos, holidays campsites, personal care services like hairdressers and of course beer gardens and outdoor hospitality of all kinds.
‘I will be going to the pub myself and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips.’
It comes after the first stage of lockdown easing in recent weeks has seen children going back to school, the rule of six reinstated outside and outdoor sports resuming.
But when are the next steps of lockdown lifting, and what will they involve?
Drinking in beer gardens will be allowed once again from Monday (Picture: Getty Images)Step two – April 12
Although all the dates in Mr Johnson’s roadmap are generally guidelines – or ‘no earlier than’ times – the PM has officially confirmed this stage is going ahead.
All non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen their doors to customers, regardless of what they sell.
Gyms and indoor swimming pools can open again and personal beauty services, like hairdressing, can resume.
Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will reopen, as will public libraries and community centres. Holiday campsites can also open as long as they are used by household groups or individuals only.
Pubs and restaurants will also be allowed to serve customers outdoors in beer gardens and on patios.
Non-essential stores, such as clothes shops, will be allowed to reopen (Picture: Getty Images)
People in care homes can also have two visitors instead of one from that date, and weddings of up to 15 people will be permitted, when it was previously only six.
Step three – May 17
England is now almost a month away from the next stage of the lockdown roadmap – although it has not been confirmed whether this date is definitely going ahead.
It is a planned timeline provided infection rates are low enough and the vaccination rollout continues to be successful.
If Mr Johnson gives stage three the green light, that will finally allow mixing indoors again.
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