Posted on 02/03/2021

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The UK announces its plans to slowly reopen the country and lift restrictions.

Prime minister Boris Jonhson announced on Monday his plan to slowly reopen the country with dates for each step. He announced that within two weeks, people will be able to meet up outside, but establishments like restaurants will have to wait longer before reopening. Here are the four key dates announced by Boris Jonhson.

Prime minister Boris Jonhson announced on Monday his plan to slowly reopen the country with dates for each step. He announced that within two weeks, people will be able to meet up outside, but establishments like restaurants will have to wait longer before reopening. Here are the four key dates announced by Boris Jonhson.

Lifting Lockdown

Lifting Lockdown William Perugini / 123rf

The first important date is the 8th of March. From the 8th, children will be able to go back to school, and people will be allowed to meet with one friend or family member outdoors. The next date is April 12th, where dining outdoors in restaurants will be allowed once more, along with pubs and hairdressers.

May 17th will be the earliest date from when British citizens will be able to travel for summer holidays to international destinations. At the moment, anyone that is returning to Britain from abroad is required to get tested before arriving into the country and quarantine for several days and then get tested again, the other option is quarantining in a hotel depending on the country they are coming from.

On May 17th, indoor spaces will reopen, dining inside restaurants, cinemas will be accessible once more. And lastly, on June 21st, nightclubs will open and all limits social contact will be lifted. "At every stage, our decisions will be led by data, not dates," Johnson said in an address to the House of Commons, according to The New York Times.

The vaccine

The vaccine Daisy Cooil / 123RF

The UK entered a new lockdown at the beginning of the year as a consequence of the variant of coronavirus, which has now spread to many countries, including the US. The plan to lift lockdown restrictions is due to the distribution of vaccines, which studies have shown since vaccines have been rolled out, the number of illnesses and hospitalisations have dropped considerably.

So far, the UK has vaccinated more than 17 million people. The country's goal is to vaccinate every adult in the country by July. "We're setting out on what I hope and believe is a one-way journey to freedom," Johnson said. "And this journey is made possible by the pace of the vaccine program."

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