Boris Johnson is about to unveil Britain’s ‘roapmap’ out of lockdown.
Millions are anticipated to watch the PM tackle the nation from 7pm on Monday, February 22.
Speculation has grown in latest weeks as to what precisely will likely be introduced, and simply how rapidly the restrictions at the moment imposed on our lives will likely be eased.
The PM has beforehand acknowledged the Government would take a ‘cautious’ route out of the third – and what he hopes would be the ultimate – lockdown.
Much will rely upon how rapidly Covid-19 instances proceed to fall.
On Sunday, there have been 9,834 new instances down from a peak of virtually 70,000 final month.
So what can we count on?
While the Government has not but confirmed any specifics, there have been lots of clues about what the roadmap will embrace.
The PM has made little secret of his need to get youngsters again into college.
He needs children in school from March 8, regardless of fears from unions of a “massive bang” in instances if that’s allowed to occur.
Despite that, Mr Johnson insisted: “Our precedence has at all times been getting youngsters again into college which we know is essential for his or her training as nicely as their psychological and bodily wellbeing, and we may even be prioritising methods for folks to reunite with family members safely.”
However, colleges should not the one precedence, and the roadmap is predicted to embrace measures early on that might enable extra socialising.
On the identical day youngsters are anticipated again to college, it additionally stories that individuals may very well be allowed to sit collectively in a park with a espresso, drink or picnic.
Currently, you’re solely permitted to meet up open air with one different particular person for train.
Sky News reports that up two households may very well be allowed to meet in a backyard from March 29.
How rapidly will we go ‘again to regular’
The street out of lockdown will undoubtedly be lengthy and onerous. And sadly, with the ever lurking menace posed by ‘ mutant’ strains, there aren’t any ensures.
However the UK’s fast rollout of vaccines for the virus ought to lead to extra normality as the months progress.
On Sunday, it emerged that each UK grownup is predicted to be supplied their first jab by July 31.
And tonight’s announcement will possible embrace dates for the remainder of society to open up.
Previously, it was reported that non-essential retailers may very well be one of the primary sectors to reopen.
However the preliminary stage of the easing will possible give attention to getting youngsters again to college, and reuniting relations – albeit with guidelines nonetheless in place.
So when will pubs and eating places reopen?
There have been conflicting stories about when that may very well be, though do not count on to be sipping a pint subsequent week.
Tory backbenchers, important of the restrictions, have urged the PM to get pubs and eating places open as a precedence to breathe some life into the stricken hospitality sector.
However, final yr, pubs and bars had been among the many final sectors to reopen after the primary announcement and the PM lately stated: “You have to keep in mind from final yr that we opened up hospitality totally as one of the final issues that we did as a result of there may be clearly an additional danger of transmission from hospitality.”
However a leaked Whitehall blueprint revealed that the tip of April has been checked out as a potential time to as soon as once more try to open up the hospitality sector.
How rapidly will this all be carried out?
The PM’s “cautious” method to easing this lockdown implies that the restrictions are going to finish rapidly.
There are nonetheless months to go – at least- with the Government anticipated to stagger the reopening of society.
This may very well be in sections, separated with a niche of between two to 4 weeks.
That hole will guarantee the most recent spherical of relaxed guidelines have not triggered a surge in instances, or pushed up the ‘R price’. It may even create a window for thousands and thousands of further vaccinations to happen.
What else do we know?
The larger image will turn out to be clear shortly after 7pm tonight.
Besides retailers, pubs and colleges, there may very well be updates on when folks may very well be allowed to attend gigs and sporting occasions – doubtlessly with the assistance of lateral move exams.
However Sky News has additionally reported at present that tennis courts, golf programs and different outside sport services may even reopen on 29 March.
Grassroots sports activities, together with youngsters’s exercise, might additionally restart that day.