Boris Johnson will officially unveil his roadmap out of lockdown next Monday, 22nd February. It is understood that a final decision on the timetable will be made at the weekend when Government ministers are presented with the latest data on the spread of the virus.
However, this morning’s papers are headlined by the leaked blueprint.
- The rule of six and social distancing are expected to remain until well into the Summer as a consequence of worries over new mutations. This underpins the whole roadmap.
- Schools are set to reopen on Monday 8th March, along with an easing of the restrictions on outdoor exercise and meeting others outdoors.
- This will be followed by the reopening of non-essential shops at the end of March, or at the start of April at the latest.
- Staycations in self-catered holiday lets, second homes or larger hotels would return in the first half of April, potentially just after Easter. Outdoor leisure, such as theme parks, public gardens and zoos, and outdoor sports such as golf, open air gyms and tennis would get the go-ahead at the same time.
- Pubs, bars and restaurants will have to wait until early May with a maximum of two households allowed to sit together indoors and the rule of six applying outside.
- In early June the rules for pubs and restaurants would be relaxed, with the rule of six extended indoors.
- In July, the hospitality and domestic holiday industries would be allowed to return to normal – with social distancing.
Office staff are expected to be told to keep working from home when the Prime Minister unveils his roadmap. He is not expected to set a firm date for when employees should return to their desks, meaning that the ‘work from home if you can’ message will continue for the foreseeable future.