So today in the house of commons Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out his proposed 4 step plan to lifting lockdown.

Here is a summary of what was said:

Step one (is in two parts)

On 8 March

  • all students return to schools and colleges, and school clubs can resume
  • Secondary school students will be required to wear masks in class as well as in communal areas
  • People can meet one other person outside for recreation, not just exercise
  • Care home residents allowed one regular named visitor
  • Stay at home order remains in place.

29 March

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households allowed, including meeting in private gardens
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools allowed to reopen; organised outdoor sports can resume
  • Stay at home order ends but people encouraged to stay local wherever they can
  • Work from home wherever possible
  • No overseas travel.


Step 3 will happen no earlier than 17 May

  • Outdoors most social contact rules lifted, up to a limit of 30 people
  • Mixing indoors allowed for two households, but rule-of-six for indoor hospitality and elsewhere
  • Cinemas, soft play centres, the rest of the accommodation sector, hotels, indoor exercise classes return
  • Performances and sporting events resume – larger performances with venues 1,000+ or half full will be allowed indoors and outdoors 4,000 capacity or half full (whichever lowest)
  • In the very largest outdoor seated venues such as football stadiums up to 10,000 people allowed to attend (or 1/4 full whichever is lowest)
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions, funerals, wakes.


Step four, from no earlier than 21 June, means

  • All legal limits on social contact removed with the ambition to reopen final closed sectors of the economy such as nightclubs
  • Hope to lift restrictions on large events and performances
  • Hope to remove all limits on weddings and other “life events”


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