It points out that all preventive measures can end on June 21
MADRID, 22 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented his ‘roadmap’ on Monday to lift the restrictions in force in the United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic in an “irreversible” way, although the process will be carried out “with caution” .
Johnson has outlined his plan in the House of Commons and detailed that it consists of four phases. In addition, there will be about five weeks between each of the steps, four to collect data on the impact of easing limitations and one to inform the public about what will happen next. In this sense, he has emphasized that his approach will be based on data, not on the numbers of deaths from COVID-19.
Thus, according to the British press, the ‘premier’ has confirmed that schools will reopen in the United Kingdom from March 8 and university students who require practical teaching in specialized facilities and face-to-face assessments will also return to face-to-face classes. In this first step, people can also meet in groups of two outside.
As of March 29, it will be possible for a maximum of six people or no more than two family nuclei to meet outdoors. “Citizens will no longer be legally required to stay in their homes,” Johnson said, but has warned that many of the restrictions currently in force will continue, such as teleworking and the restriction of travel to a minimum.
Then, from April 12, businesses, hairdressers, gyms and facilities that operate indoors will be able to go back to work.
The next phase will not begin before May 17. Here, most restrictions on meeting outside will be eased and pubs and restaurants will be able to operate indoors again. Likewise, play areas, cinemas and theaters may reopen. In general, all types of events will be allowed, but they will be subject to the possibility of conducting diagnostic tests for COVID-19.
If the plan can be respected, the last phase will begin on June 21 and will entail the relaxation of all restrictions focused on social contact. For example, according to Johnson, large events such as weddings may be held again.
All the proposed dates depend on analyzes that will have to be carried out in four fields: target population to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, if the vaccine reduces the number of deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and the pressure on the British health system .
The ‘premier’ has advanced that, next month, the British Government will publish a plan to deal with local COVID-19 outbreaks and the variants of SARS-CoV-2 that concern the health authorities. Finally, he has stressed the need for citizens to be “cautious”, although he has recognized that “the end is in sight.”
The British Ministry of Health has reported 10,641 new COVID-19 infections and 178 deaths on Monday. These figures have raised the global count for the United Kingdom to 4,126,150 infected people and 120,757 fatalities. Meanwhile, more than 17.7 million people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 624,000 have also been inoculated with the second.