British Prime minister Boris Johnson has come up with a four-step plan to soothe England’s lockdown as a freeway road to freedom. The Prime minister’s careful strategy could see the covid restrictions completely eased by 21 June if everything goes per plan. The Prime minister of the nation has made a strong decision even though he has faced criticism from some of his own MP’s who believe the pace of change is too slow. Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon will reveal her plan later. She said that Scotland will return to a tiered system when measures are eased, meaning different parts of the country could be under different and meanwhile, the government wants to determine whether offering “Covid status” certificates, which could be used by people to demonstrate they had received a vaccine or a negative coronavirus test, could help venues open again.
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As per a most recent report, the govt announced that each step forward must be irreversible. There must be no steps back. But despite falling infection rates, the number of new daily cases remains relatively high compared to summer and early autumn. It is still a very delicate position.
Plus, ministers have certainly been stung by the problems of last year, when the first unlocking saw areas in the North West and Midlands having restrictions quickly re-imposed. Then, during the autumn, some areas found themselves constantly moving up and down the tiers.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on a stand that such chopping and changing cannot happen again. “What we want to see is progress that is cautious, but irreversible.”
On the other hand, the prime minister said this time his plan offers the best chance to avoid another lockdown. In the first step of his roadmap, all pupils in England’s schools are expected to return to class from 8 March, with mass testing and wider use of face masks in secondary schools.
There will be a further easing on 29 March, with groups of up to six people or two households allowed to gather in parks and gardens.
Shops, hairdressers, gyms, and outdoor hospitality, as well as self-contained holiday accommodation, could reopen on 12 April. A review of international leisure travel restrictions could also be announced.
From 17 May, two households or a group of six may be able to meet indoors in a pub or other hospitality venue such as restaurants.
Cinemas, museums, hotels, performances, and sporting events will also reopen, with up to 30 people able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals, and wakes.
The final step from 21 June will potentially see all legal limits on social contact removed, with the final closed sectors of the economy reopened – such as nightclubs.
Progressing along the schedule will depend on four tests: the success of the vaccine rollout, evidence of vaccine efficacy, an assessment of new variants, and keeping infection rates below a level that could put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
It is also informed by the govt that there will be a gap of at least five weeks between each of the plan’s subsequent steps to allow for the impact of changes on infection rates and hospital admissions to be assessed.
Mr. Prime minister told a Downing Street news conference the coming spring and summer would be “seasons of hope, looking and feeling incomparably better for us all”. He also stated he could not guarantee his plan would be irreversible “but the intention is that it should be”.
As a part of making the most vulnerable people in the society should have built up a fair degree of immunity especially by the time schools open, the government has already achieved its target of offering everyone over the age of 70 a shot by mid of February this will continue as planned earlier this year. Also, regarding the issue of vaccine certificates Mr. Prime minister acknowledged there were “clearly some quite complex issues, some ethical issues” he said.