İrem UZUN -TDO- Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a roadmap for when coronavirus lockdown restrictions could be lifted across England and things could start to return to normal. Restrictions are to be lifted in four stages, with the first stage as early as March 8, with the reopening of schools, colleges and universities.
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. 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".
With more than 120,000 fatalities, Britain has suffered the world’s fifth-highest official death toll from the pandemic and its economy has seen its biggest crash in more than 300 years. Even with encouraging data after more than two months of domestic vaccinations released on Monday, the British government’s cautious approach highlights how slow a process it is likely to be for many countries.