The first step in easing England’s lockdown has begun, with millions of children returning to school.
All restrictions will be lifted by 21 June at the earliest, as part of a four stage “roadmap” based on certain conditions being met, such as a successful vaccine rollout.
Scotland has announced it is targeting 26 April to re-open restaurants and non-essential shops, while Northern Ireland and Wales will outline their plans in the coming weeks.
Stage one is in two parts:
No earlier than 12 April:
No earlier than 17 May:
No earlier than 21 June:
Each stage will be a minimum of five weeks apart. Four conditions must be met at each stage before proceeding to the next one:
Read the current lockdown rules:
Changes in Scotland are subject to certain conditions being met.
From 22 February:
From 15 March:
26 April: (if priority groups one to nine have been offered the vaccine):
In Wales, four people from a maximum of two households can now meet outdoors for exercise.
“It does mean exercise, not socialising,” announced First Minister Mark Drakeford.
He also said weddings and civil ceremonies could resume from 1 March.
Children aged three to seven have returned to school. It’s hoped older primary age groups – and secondary school pupils preparing for exams – will return on Monday 15 March.
The next review of Wales lockdown rules is due around 12 March.
Northern Ireland has extended its lockdown until 1 April, with a review of current measures on 18 March.
Primary school children in years 1-3 are due to return on 8 March, and secondary school pupils in years 12-14 on 22 March. But First Minister Arlene Foster has said she hopes the Stormont executive can “revisit” that timetable.