Boris Johnson is preparing to announce his “roadmap” out of England’s lockdown that has been in place since Jan 5.
Families are expected to be reunited, schools could be allowed to return within weeks and care home residents may be allowed visitors under plans to ease restrictions, The Telegraph can reveal.
Speculation is rife as to which other measures could be eased.
Here is a look at how it might pan out.
When will the announcement be made?
The Prime Minister has pledged to reveal the plan on Monday, Feb 22.
Firm details are yet to be established, but if the day follows the path of previous lockdown announcements then he may set out the plan in Parliament once the Commons session begins in the afternoon before repeating it at a press conference or in an address to the nation later.
How is the Government approaching the easing of restrictions?
Mr Johnson said his roadmap would include dates “if we possibly can”, explaining they will likely be target dates “by which we hope we can do something at the earliest”.
The Prime Minister’s comments follow demands from backbench Tories for greater clarity, as Mr Johnson said the roadmap would be “cautious but irreversible”. However, he stressed that coronavirus rates would need to be “really, really low” before restrictions could be eased.