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Are the UK getting the ‘positive result’ they are looking for with their ‘’roadmap’’ plan out of lockdown?

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Throughout this entire pandemic, each country has been responding and handling it differently, some may say better than others! Since March last year, here in the UK, people across the country have been in a national lockdown to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.
But how have the UK handled it overall, and how are we looking to end the rules and restrictions that have been put in place for the past year?

Boris Johnson our Prime Minister, has recently released a plan to slowly (but hopefully surely), ease the restrictions so we can all go back to living our lives – even if it means living with new socially – distanced restrictions put in place.

After an extremely difficult and long year (happy anniversary covid!), there seems to finally be light at the end of the tunnel; with the ‘roadmap’ plan underway, it consists of different dates of when the restrictions will be relaxed, for example how many people can meet up outside, when shops can open, and most importantly when pubs can open again!
The ‘roadmap’ will go ahead as planned, based on four tests such as how successful the vaccine is and if there is evidence to show vaccines are effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths.
There is 5 weeks between each step which means 4 weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions and then 7 days’ notice for the restrictions to be eased in.

So, what are the dates and what do they mean?

Firstly, on 8th March our schools went back across the country, which split the country down the middle, with some relieved parents finally turning their back on home schooling, whilst others pointed out how last time, that is where we saw the massive spike in coronavirus cases. However, they cannot miss out on any more education, especially those kids who are in the more ‘’vital’’ years of theirs, although most children across the country have been home schooled it may not be as effective for everyone.

From the 29th March we have been allowed to mix with 5 other people (or 2 households), as well as sports facilities such as tennis or golf have been able to go ahead too. The date that everyone is excited for however, is 12th April when all shops can open, including hairdressers and beauty salons, and restaurants and pubs with outdoor seating areas can open too. Other outside spaces such as zoos and theme parks can open, as well as gyms and spas, we can also take a staycation in the country, and weddings can be attended by 15 people!

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Other important dates for us include 17th May, and 21st June where more places will be allowed to open such as clubs and seating for indoor pubs and restaurants. Below are what those dates include:

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17th may
• People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
• Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
• Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
• Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
• Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
• Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
• Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
• International leisure travel may resume
• Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart

21st June
• All legal limits on social contact will be removed
• No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
• Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen

As we steadily approach the next stage of our roadmap plan, there has been threat of a ‘third wave’, which has definitely questioned the lasting effects of the plan and if we will continue to reach our goal. So far, everything seems to be going as we had intended with regards to dates, and Boris has said ‘’we are in a different world to last spring’’ but ‘’we need to be honest about the difficulties ahead’’ so as a country we will hopefully continue to work together to keep the cases down and have consideration for others.
In the UK there have been 30 million vaccines of the first dose which is 57% of adults, it has been said that all adults will be offered the vaccine by July, so with vaccines happening quickly we might just get the positive result we are looking for!

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