2021-02-22 06:51:17 | What time is Boris Johnson’s announcement on lockdown today, and what might be in it?

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What will reopen first?

On Mar 8, all schools (both primary and secondary) will reopen in England, with children allowed to play sport when they attend.

While schools argue the requirement to test all pupils when they first return makes the timeframe logistically difficult, a Government source said: “The ambition has always been to make sure all kids go back at the same time.”

The Telegraph can disclose that parents will be asked to test their secondary school children when they return to school, should plans be finalised between the Department for Education and union bosses.

Parents will be provided with lateral flow tests to carry out the tests twice a week, with every pupil being tested upon return to school. 

Also from that date, Care home residents will be able to have a single visitor, who can come inside and hold hands after having a Covid-19 test and wearing protective equipment.

People will also be allowed to meet one-one-one outside in public spaces to socialise, such as having a coffee on a park bench or a picnic, rather than just to exercise.

The second key date in stage one is Mar 29. That will see the return of the ‘rule of six’, with six people from up to six different households able to meet outside.

Alternatively, two households will be allowed to meet outside, even if together they are more than six people. 

Organised outdoor sports will also be allowed to start again from Mar 29, meaning the return of weekend football or golf. This applies to both adults and children.

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Mar 29 is also the date the rules saying people must remain in their local area it expected to be dropped, meaning lengthy drives in one day to see someone outside are allowed.

Read more: How can schools successfully reopen? What the UK can learn from other countries

How is the rest of the roadmap looking?

Stage two will likely begin in April, though details for the later stages remain unclear. This will likely include non-essential shops opening and outdoor serving for pubs and restaurants.

But, The Telegraph understands, social distancing rules that say people should keep two metres apart when outside are likely to remain in place for “months”.

Stage three could start in May and see pubs and restaurants serve indoors or hairdressers open. Stage four in June could see staycations given the green lights.

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Source References: The Telegraph

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