Boris Johnson sets out phased end to UK restrictions from March 8

Monday, February 22
Michael Hennessy

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his road map for the reopening of their society and economy.

March 8: Schools will return, with one-to-one socialising also allowed outdoors on that date.

March 29: Outdoor gatherings are allowed of up to six people from lots of different households (the Rule of Six) , or a larger group from two households.

April 12: Holidays within the UK will be allowed, along with outdoor drinking and dining at pub gardens and al fresco restaurants.

The government hopes non-essential retail will be able to start reopening,as well as hairdressers and nail salons.

May 17: Reduced-sized crowds at football matches, weddings with up to 30 people and indoor dining will be allowed.

Indoor events with a capacity of 1,000 people or half full will be allowed.

And outdoors, a capacity of 4,000 people will be allowed or half full – whichever figure is lower.

June 21: The full economy will be open, although some restrictions may be needed to maintain social distancing.  

International travel will not resume until May 17 at the earliest and possibly later, pending a review on April 12.

But the Prime Minister said he is ready to delay some stages if infections rise or new variants of the virus emerge.